26th May

It was pretty hard work to get much reward from today, with few new arrivals and the Great Spotted Cuckoo proving harder to find than at any time during its stay (it wasn't first spotted until late in the afternoon). A continuing trickle of passing hirundines aside, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher were the only obvious new arrivals at the Bill; 3 commic terns and 2 Common Scoter were also all that could be mustered from the sea there. Elsewhere there were 5 Sanderling, a Grey Plover and a Wheatear at Ferrybridge.

Small Heath butterfly was on the wing for the first time this year at several sites.

Great Spotted Cuckoo and Ravens - Reap Lane and West Cliffs, 25th and 24th May 2016 © Paul Ward (GSCuckoo) and Sean Foote (Ravens)