23rd August

Migration's pretty well ground to a halt on the land (the only migrants handled at the Obs today were recaptures that have lingering for several days) and a veering of the wind into the northwest all but halted sea passage. Lesser Black-backed Gulls were still trickling out to the south from the Bill - over 100 were logged during several random seawatches - but 8 Manx and 2 Balearic Shearwaters were the only seabirds of note there. The handful of grounded migrants at the Bill included 18 Wheatears, 7 Yellow Wagtails and singles of Tree Pipit, Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatcher, whilst 3 lingering Knot were the only waders of particular note at Ferrybridge.

The dearth of birds did at least give us a few minutes to finally get some 'out of a pot' photos of yesterday's Slender Burnished Brass © Martin Cade: