10th July

Ferrybridge provided the bulk of the day's numbers amongst which the customary - and this year very rapid - mid-summer build up in Mediterranean Gulls topped 100 for the first time; 16 Dunlin, 3 Little Ringed Plovers and singles of Curlew, Redshank and Yellow-legged Gull also dropped in there at times. Another Little Ringed Plover passed over at the Bill where 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Manx Shearwaters and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls were offshore and a lone Sand Martin also passed overhead.

A Splendid Brocade at the Grove was the pick of the night's immigrant moths; although there were also sample totals of, for example, 84 Diamond-back Moth and 74 Silver Y at the Obs most of the other interest concerned further presumed dispersal from the mainland, with the list at the Obs including 5 Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana, 4 Dotted Ermel Ethmia dodecea, 4 European Corn-borer, 3 Bird-cherry Ermine, 3 Fen Wainscot, 2 Four-spotted Footman, 2 Marbled White-spot, 2 Cream-bordered Green Pea and singles of Wax Moth Galleria mellonella, Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella, Bulrush Veneer Calamotropha paludella, Horse Chestnut, Maiden's Blush, Buff Footman, Double-lobed and Dark Spectacle.
There's still quite a backlog of mainly micros from the last few very busy nights to work through but among the more interesting records have been the island's first Common Heath (from Duncan Walbridge's garden at Weston) and second records of Dark Bordered Pearl Evergestis limbata (at the Grove) and Suspected (2 at PBO), along with the likes of Dark-streaked Button Acleris umbrana, Heath Knot-horn Apomelois bistriatella, Treble Brown-spot, Beautiful Snout and Lunar-spotted Pinion - all of which have been recorded only a handful of times before.

Little Ringed Plover and Yellow-legged Gull at Ferrybridge this morning © Pete Saunders: