8th August

Intermittent drizzle and a relaxation of the battering winds led to a small movement of migrants which continued throughout the day. Willow Warblers made up the bulk of the passage with 120 recorded, Sedge Warblers were also conspicuous being the second most numerous species in the nets and a Grasshopper Warbler was an anticipated but welcome addition to the days tallies. Tree Pipits were present for the second time this autumn with two trapped and seven swirling overhead. A small arrival of Wheatears was also noted as six were recorded at the Bill and Slopes as well as four at Ferrybridge. The sea remained quiet but with a greater variety than recent days with seven Black-tailed Godwits, nine Turnstones and a Yellow-legged Gull making appearances. Ferrybridge saw an increase in numbers if not in range of species with Dunlin and Ringed Plover reaching triple figures, 17 Sanderlings and four Common Sandpipers.

The first Tree Pipits trapped of the autumn, they're particularly smart looking birds... ©Erin Taylor/Pete Morgan: