11th August

Another changeable day where clear skies changed to thick drizzly fog in what seemed like seconds. This didn't stop a few diligent sea-waters from sticking around in the hopes of a fly-by skua (of the long-tailed variety). Unfortunately the bird never showed, but the sea did produce: 27 Balearic Shearwaters, 8 Common Scoters, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Sandwich Terns, 1 Guillemot, 4 Oystercatchers, and 1 Whimbrel; notable by their absence were Manx Shearwaters, not a single bird was recorded all day. Migrant totals on a distinctly average day added up to: 1 Little Egret, 11 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Sedge Warblers and 7 Wheatears. A single Lesser Whitethroat in Weston was also new.

Ferrybridge picked up again today and 70 apiece of Dunlin and Ringed Plover was a notable increase on yesterdays below par performance. 11 Sanderling and 5 Sandwich Terns made up the rest of the days total.

Moth totals were better than the previous nights efforts, but still unremarkable with: 14 Silver Y, 10 Dark Sword Grass, 8 Diamond-back Moths, 1 Rush Veneer and 1 Rusty-dot Pearl.