31st May

It finally feels like summer is in the air and although the dazzling sun and clear blue skies are not ideal for grounding migrants, they are greatly appreciated after the last few months of cold. Both recent shrikes appeared to have done a bunk but a couple of new additions included a Rosy Starling in a private garden in Easton and a very brief visit to the Obs garden by a calling Serin. The rest of the land was reasonably quiet but the supporting cast did include a summer plumage Golden Plover and a single Hobby heading up the West Cliffs and a Reed Warbler in the garden. The sea witnessed a splash of excitement with a Black-throated Diver, a pair of Gadwall and a single Little Egret in off. The afternoon was spent attempting to manage the unruly Obs garden that has begun to shoot forth at an alarming rate in the recent warm weather. 

Since it's coincided with new arrivals today in Cornwall, Scilly, West Wales and Guernsey we're guessing the Easton Rosy Starling is also a new arrival rather than a surprise reappearance of the overwintering bird that was last seen in late February:

A return of just nine apiece of Sanderling and Ringed Plover, four Dunlin and a pair of Shelduck was as good as might be expected at Ferrybridge on a blazingly sunny day © Pete Saunders: