25th August

Need we say that it rained again? Today's only redeeming feature was that the dry spells at either end of the day were a good bit longer than they had been yesterday so coverage was considerably better; sadly though, there were far fewer migrants about so the rewards on the passerine front were scant, with Yellow Wagtail the only species getting into double figures at both the Bill and the centre of the island. Wader variety did remain a feature, with 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Little Stints and a Ruff the best on offer at Ferrybridge. The freshening wind associated with the weather front that passed through in the middle of the day jazzed up action on the sea, with 40 Balearic Shearwaters, 12 Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua and a Pomarine Skua the highlights off the Bill.

It was far too windy overnight to have expected much in the way of numbers in the moth-traps and 3 Vestals scattered between the Obs and Sweethill were the best of the immigrant tally.

Little Stints, Common Terns and Little Tern - Ferrybridge, 25th and 24th August © Debby Saunders (Little Stints and Common Terns) and Joe Stockwell (Little Tern)

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