24th July

Perhaps it was the expectation of the Melodious Warbler that didn't ever show up, but somehow today turned out to be something of an anticlimax despite there being an obvious arrival of new migrants under the good cloud cover that rolled in ahead of a promised change in the weather. The fall was hardly spectacular but 30 Willow Warblers and 6 Sedge Warblers at the Bill were decent enough totals for so early in the season, even if waders didn't respond as anticipated with no more than 42 Dunlin and 16 Sanderling at Ferrybridge and a lone Whimbrel at the Bill. Sea interest has dwindled right away in the last fortnight, with 2 Balearic Shearwaters and a single Arctic Skua the best of a thin selection off the Bill.