5th August

What can we say about today? A gusting south-westerly should have seen some more activity on the sea, but a disappointing first hour set the precedent for a poor day all round. Sea totals, despite fairly favorable conditions, reached just 14 Manx Shearwaters, two each of Balearic Shearwater and Arctic Skua, and singles of Yellow-legged Gull and Sandwich Tern. The land was deadly quiet with few signs of new arrivals. The previous days Melodious Warbler remained in the garden whilst the Willow Warbler and Wheatear tallies were woefully low. Ferrybridge saw a similar lack of change with two Shelducks the only new additions to the usual wader selection.