31st May

The beginning of the end of the recent dry and increasingly warm spell saw the Great Spotted Cuckoo linger on (today largely at Reap Lane) and a handful of new arrivals show up. Swifts trickled in off the sea all morning, with more than 100 through at the Bill, whilst 2 Sand Martins, 2 Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Heron and a Tree Pipit were also of note overhead there. On the ground, the Common Cuckoo stayed for another day at the Bill, where newcomers included 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Spotted Flycatchers; the migrant wader tally at Ferrybridge consisted of 8 Sanderling and 6 Dunlin.