27th July

Such is the amount of cover available to hide migrants at this time of year that today's visitors might have been forgiven for being a tad perplexed at our reports of there being more about than has been the case of late: it was hardy much of a fall but 25 Willow Warblers, 20 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers and a Garden Warbler scattered at the Bill did amount to the best arrival there so far this autumn. Visible passage consisted of a trickle of hirundines and a Grey Heron, whilst 3 Balearic Shearwaters were amongst a none too exciting selection from the seawatchers. The only reports from elsewhere were of 2 Redshank and a Sanderling amongst a few routine waders at Ferrybridge.

Despite what little breeze there was issuing from the northwest moth immigration continued apace, with by the best arrival of scarcities of year to date. The Obs fared best with 2 Small Marbled and singles of Scarce Oak Knot-horn Acrobasis tumidana, Olive-tree Pearl Palpita vitrealis, Beautiful Marbled and Dark Crimson Underwing amongst a varied selection of more routine fare, whilst a second Dark Crimson Underwing was trapped at the Grove. Photos of some these to follow tomorrow.