29th June

Just as we thought it was safe to say that spring passage really had ended so yet another tardy singing Reed Warbler pitched up at the Obs today. With the weather still feeling anything but fresh and spring-like - the lack of rainfall is becoming quite a concern on several fronts, not least for the wellbeing of our sacrificial crops that are looking worryingly impoverished and hardly likely to be harbouring a wealth of autumn migrants in a few weeks time - the day's sightings were otherwise of routine summer/early autumn fare: 4 Mediterranean Gulls and a Little Ringed Plover were at Ferrybridge, 30 Swifts passed through over the Bill and 16 Black-headed Gulls, 14 each of Mediterranean Gull and commic tern, 11 Common Scoter and 10 Manx Shearwaters passed through on the sea there.

The young Peregrines at Southwell fledged this week and have been showing nicely © Pete Saunders:  

The fly-by Little Ringed Plover at Ferrybridge © Pete Saunders: