11th August

Ferrybridge remained the place with both numbers and variety today, amongst which an early storm-driven Grey Phalarope was nice new arrival and a Little Ringed Plover was the first there for a while. Ten Wheatears, a handful of Willow Warblers, 3 Turnstones, 2 Swifts and singles of Sanderling and Sand Martin made up the very meagre migrant tally at the Bill where 2 Balearic Shearwaters passed by on the sea.

The Grey Phalarope was still showing traces of summer plumage and at first glance looked pretty sorry for itself © Pete Saunders...

...although it was perfectly able to fly about without any obvious sign of being inconvenienced © Debby Saunders:

And some video from the evening when it had moved from the main mudflats onto the creek and small pools beside the car park © Martin Cade:

The fledged Little Terns are still being fed by their parents but will surely be off any day now © Pete Saunders: