30th August

Weather-wise, another scorcher of a day but bird-wise barely more than lukewarm as migrants looked to have carried on without stopping. A Wryneck was a welcome if rather overdue newcomer at Barleycrates Lane but grounded arrivals were otherwise only thinly spread, with 3 Pied Flycatchers about the best on offer at the Bill and 29 Oystercatchers, 7 Redshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwits and singles of Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Knot adding some nice variety to the wader selection at Ferrybridge. Diurnal migrants did make the most of the conditions, with the likes of 820 Swallows through in quick time over Ferrybridge.

Although there was a drop in overall numbers immigrant moth variety increased a little, with 27 Rusty-dot Pearl, 25 Rush Veneer, 4 Silver Y and singles of Diamond-back Moth, Vagrant Piercer, Convolvulus Hawk-moth and Small Mottled Willow caught overnight at the Obs; another Vagrant Piercer was caught at Weston.

Wryneck, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Redshanks and Knot - Barleycrates Lane and Ferrybridge, 30th August 2016 © Mark Eggleton (Wryneck), Debby Saunders (Little Stint, Redshanks and Knot) and Pete Saunders (Curlew Sandpiper)

Also, many thanks to Peter Moore petermorreblog for a selection of photos from his meanderings around the island yesterday that we'd stupidly overlooked during an episode of nocturnal sound overload last evening; Knot, Ringed Plover, Wheatear and Common Blues: