8th September

Calm, often very hazy and frequently brutally hot - balmy or barmy depending on your outlook on these things. Weirdly, the sea had almost as much going for it today as the land, with 141 Balearic Shearwaters, 9 Arctic Skuas. 3 Teal and a Great Skua amongst others through over the glassy waters off the Bill. A lot of the land's numbers were overhead, with 360 Swallows, 140 Yellow Wagtails, 140 Siskins, 82 Tree Pipits, 61 Meadow Pipits, 37 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and singles of Merlin, Hobby and Golden Plover amongst the miscellany on the move over the Bill. There was a fair bit of variety on the ground but numbers remained woefully short of optimistic expectations, with 4 Whinchats, a Reed Warbler and a Pied Flycatcher the only faintly interesting less common migrants at the Bill.

One of the 2 lingering Bar-tailed Godwits were amongst the almost unchanged wader selection at Ferrybridge today © Pete Saunders: