4th July

Not much change on the bird front today, with 89 Common Scoter, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls through/lingering off the Bill, 3 Sand Martins and a Redshank over the Bill and 3 Redshank, 2 Sand Martins and a Whimbrel at/over Ferrybridge.

Moth variety remained impressively good even if overall immigrant numbers were nothing special. New species for the current spell of immigrant activity were limited to a Bordered Straw at the Grove and a small arrival of Four-spotted Footman (at least 6 at three sites), but the second Splendid Brocade in three nights - this one at Sweethill - was a nice rarity and noteworthy strays included a Silky Wainscot at the Obs and Hoary Footman and Bulrush Veneer Calamotropha paludella at Sweethill.

Splendid Brocade and Bulrush Veneer at Sweethill © Debby Saunders: