29th June

A stunning, clear day with a strong breeze to keep the temperature down to a bearable level made for excellent walking conditions even if there were very few birds to halt the procession at any point. On a more positive note there was some improvement on the sea with both Pomarine and Arctic Skuas, two Balearic Shearwaters, a Curlew and a good passage of 34 Mediterranean Gulls. Ferrybridge was also showing the signs of returning breeders with a further 24 Mediterranean Gulls, a Whimbrel and six Shelduck.

If you've ever wondered what makes the obs garden so attractive to migrants, it becomes abundantly clear when viewed from above © Paul Hopwood:

We're pretty lucky people © Paul Hopwood:

The sunny weather has brought with it a storm of butterflies including an invasion of Painted Lady's and the first hatchling Ringlets © Ken Dolbear: