17th May

As the spate of crystal clear skies and winds towards the north was maintained the day list continued its general downward spiral - spring passage of the commoner migrants does seem to have pretty well drawn to a close. The highlights of the day were a pair of Tufted Ducks past at sea, a Cuckoo at Avalanche Hump and a Green Woodpecker over Ferrybridge. Passerine migrants were thin on the ground with just ones and twos of Wheatears, Whinchats, Lesser Whitethroats, Willow Warblers and Spotted Flycatchers; even visible passage of hirundines was barely more than pedestrian. The Chesil seawatch revealed a few little extras for the list including two Arctic Skuas, a single Great Northern Diver, two Puffins and a handful of the usual waders.

There have been decent gatherings of Sanderling at Ferrybridge in recent days, with the peak there likely still to come © Pete Saunders