31st May

After a day when the only oddity reported had been a Hooded Crow over Weston there was a spurt of evening action when first a Red-rumped Swallow was discovered hawking over the Grove pig farm and then observers looking for the swallow were treated to a couple of flight views of a Golden Oriole at the Grove Stadium/St Peter's Church. The day's only new commoner migrants had been 2 Chiffchaffs and a Spotted Flycatcher at the Obs, with a Lesser Whitethroat and a couple more Chiffchaffs lingering on there from recent days; elsewhere there were 8 Sanderlings at Ferrybridge. The only sea reports were of 50 Manx Shearwaters, 10 Common Scoter, a Whimbrel and a Black-headed Gull through off the Bill.

Single Small Marbleds at the Obs and Weston were by far the best of the night's immigrant moths; 8 Rush Veneer, 6 Rusty-dot Pearl, 4 Diamond-back Moth and 3 Silver Y made up the rest of the immigrant tally at the Obs where a Beautiful Golden Y was a good island record.

It's been a good spring for Red-rumped Swallows - this evening's bird was the fifth of the season © Martin Cade: 

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Ni Moth, today's Small Marbleds were another nice 'mid-table' rarity that'll certainly maintain interest © Martin Cade: