9th June

The stiff northeasterly that's been blowing so relentlessly for what seems like an age has become such an inevitability that we've not even been mentioning it lately - by the sound of the forecast we might soon be losing it but it was still blowing hard this morning and make early fieldwork less than enjoyable. The only obvious new arrivals at the Bill were a Willow Warbler on the ground and a few Swifts and hirundines overhead; lingering singles of Reed Warbler and Chiffchaff were also still present there. The Ferrybridge wader tally continued to dwindle, with Ringed Plover, Sanderling and Dunlin all only just scraping into double figures. Four Balearic Shearwaters were the best of the thin selection offshore at the Bill.

Moth immigration has dropped away to almost nothing but Red Admirals have been on the move in good numbers for several days, with visible migration very conspicuous in tandem with a big increase in numbers on the ground...

...at a local level another immigrant was this Black-tailed Skimmer lingering around the pond in the Crown Estate Field © Martin Cade: