10th August

To say that todays weather was 'up and down' would be somewhat of an understatement, bright clear sunshine was interspersed with torrential downpours for much of the morning. From the outside today looked like it might've been productive with a South-westerly gale for the sea and showers forcing down migrants, however, the frequent and heavy deluges hampered both birding and ringing efforts. As such the migrant totals for the day reached a measly 7 Willow Warblers and 2 Wheatears. The sea was marginally more productive with 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 71 Manx Shearwaters, 10 Common Scoter, 31 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Black-headed Gulls and 6 Ringed Plovers

Ferrybridge was very quiet however a Water Rail produced some much needed entertainment. Otherwise a single Sanderling, 2 Wheatears and 1 Sandwich Tern. 

The overnight wind and low temperature meant that very few moths were trapped and just 5 Silver Y's, 2 Diamond-back Moths, 1 Dark Sword Grass and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls were all the traps had to offer. 

One of our guests Robert Harvey captured this image of Durdle Door, at this time of year the brightest part of the milkway falls in exactly the correct angle for this amazing shot ©Robert Harvey www.naturalworldphotography.net