4th August

The cloud cover and eventually even spits and spots of rain that rolled in as the day went on came too late to drop many migrants that looked to have had a largely unhindered passage over the island in the clearer hours of darkness. The few odds and ends that did materialise included a Grasshopper Warbler at the Bill, whilst a stray Great Spotted Woodpecker at the Grove and later the Bill was the first reported for a while; waders continued to feature, with 84 Dunlin, 65 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank and singles of Sanderling and Whimbrel at Ferrybridge where 2 Little Gulls were also in residence and an unseasonable Dark-bellied Brent Goose put in an appearance. Three Gadwall, a Balearic Shearwater and a Yellow-legged Gull also passed through off the Bill.

The Little Gulls continue to entertain at Ferrybridge © Pete Saunders: