7th August

In theme with recent days non-passerine movements far outweighed that of the passerines. Highlights from a quiet sea-watch included just three Balearic Shearwaters, an Arctic Skua and 15 Sanderlings. There was a distinctly autumnal feel to the rocks below the Bill as three Turnstones and a Purple Sandpiper returned to our shores. In terms of passerine movements a Lesser Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler in the garden were accompanied by a new pair of Wheatears at the Bill. Ferrybridge saw a greater variety than in recent days with six Black-tailed Godwits, four Sanderlings, three each of Curlew and Turnstone and singles of Whimbrel, Redshank and the lingering Little Gull.  

The second generation of Adonis Blues are beginning to appear in the quarries to the north ©Ken Dolbear:

The remaining Little Gull is performing beautifully ©Pete Saunders:

Some of the brilliant mixed flocks we get treated to at Ferrybridge...©Debby Saunders: