29th March

Every cloud has a silver lining and today it was the manufacturers of trench foot remedies that will have done well out of our misfortune in having to endure most variations of dampness known to meteorology.  However, in between the all-enveloping fog that begun the day and the chucking rain that ended it there were enough spells of amelioration that migrants were uncovered, even if none featured in numbers. Firecrests included at least 6 scattered about the Bill and Southwell, a new Black Redstart showed up at the Bill and, as it often does, the rain also dropped wader newcomers in the form of 2 Sanderling, a Little Ringed Plover and a Grey Plover at Ferrybridge; commoner fare even included the odd passing Swallow. A total of 16 Red-throated Divers was a worthwhile return from a sea that was barely visible for long periods.

Singles of Rusty-dot Pearl and Dark Sword Grass made up the overnight migrant tally from the Obs moth-traps.

The new Black Redstart at the Bill © Clare Harrison:

We'd noticed in recent days a few social media postings featuring a ringed Wheatear in residence at Ferrybridge and yesterday Debby Saunders photographed it clearly enough to confirm that it's last year's bird returning there - the full story of this individual that fledged from a nest in the Bill Quarry in 2019 featured in one of our blog posts last March © Debby Saunders: