12th September

With little change in the wind it was no surprise that our birding fortunes did not alter drastically. The remaining Lapland Bunting and Wryneck continued to delight and baffle respectively but new migrants were restricted to a Reed Warbler in Culverwell and a Redstart in the hut fields. The sea was more productive than of late with three Bonxies, 19 Balearic Shearwaters and 21 Brent Geese. Ferrybridge was quieter than usual with little more than a lone Bar-tailed Godwit, two Sanderlings and three Sandwich Terns.

The Lapland Bunting remains confiding, even showing off its ballet moves to its adoring fans © Debby Saunders:

With not quite enough in the way of new arrivals to keep us entertained on the island we snuck off to Lodmoor again to try for better views of the Long-billed Dowitcher that had first shown up there yesterday; beyond a couple of brief flight views it hadn't performed for us yesterday evening but today it was considerably more obliging © Martin Cade:

Moth-trapping has been uneventful enough as to have been scarcely worth a mention for a fortnight or more: routine immigrants have been frequent enough without there being much evidence of fresh arrivals during this period; to reinforce that point it looks very much like a home-bred generation has been making up the numbers for many species - this specimen from last night was one of several richly-coloured Small Marbleds caught just lately © Martin Cade