11th July

A reminder for Obs members that this year's AGM - the first AGM since our change to Charitable Incorporated Organisation status - will be held at 4.30pm this Saturday, 14th July; buffet refreshments - including a barbeque - will be provided after the meeting. An agenda for the meeting can be found by clicking here.

More of the same on the bird front with a few more early autumn migrants and plenty of interest on the sea. The Mediterranean Gull build up included at least 50 off the Bill, where 9 Manx Shearwaters, 8 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Common Scoter, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and a Redshank also passed through. The land there came up with 2 Grey Herons, 2 Sand Martins and a dispersing Lesser Whitethroat, whilst elsewhere an unseasonable Redpoll passed over at Blacknor and 4 Dunlin, 4 Sandwich Terns, 2 Redshank and a Sanderling were at Ferrybridge.

The island's third Dark Crimson Undwering at the Obs was the highlight of overnight moth-trapping; overall, immigrant and dispersing numbers dropped off but a Blackneck at Sweethill and a Broad-barred Knot-horn Acrobasis consociella at the Grove were additional island rarities.

A selection of second and third records for the island from recent nights: Dark Crimson Underwing and Blackneck from last night and Dark-bordered Pearl and Suspected from 8th July © Debby Saunders (Blackneck) and Martin Cade (others):