9th June

Two things were most welcome today, the slackening of the wind and the appearance of a small selection of migrants. Presumably yesterdays Golden Oriole continued its skittish rounds back and forth between the Obs garden, Culverwell and the huts, a Reed Warbler set up in one of the Obs sycamores and sang through most of the day (as is their wont at this time of year) and a Spotted Flycatcher put in an appearance in the Top Fields. The sea continued to be quiet but the first signs of returning Mediterranean Gulls are beginning both on the sea and at Ferrybridge. Ferrybridge wader numbers showed a small increase with the Bar-tailed Godwit remaining for a second day.

A rare view of the Golden Oriole in the open at Culverwell © Roger Hewitt: