27th August

Any thoughts that the relative dearth of migrants by day reflects a lack of passage in our part of the world are often refuted by evidence from nocmig recordings and today proved another case in point: despite seemingly promising-looking conditions, dawn saw a notably underwhelming fall of grounded migrants at the Bill but later cursory scrutiny of the nocturnal recording at the Obs revealed an almost night-long passage of Tree Pipits in particular that petered out only as daylight approached. A little overhead passage was still evident early in the morning, with 82 Yellow Wagtails, 57 Tree Pipits and a miscellany of other ones and twos including a passing Osprey logged at the Bill but these numbers paled into insignificance compared with the minimum of 746 Tree Pipit calls tallied overnight; grounded totals were very insignificant, with little more than 40 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Pied Flycatchers and a Garden Warbler at the Bill. Waders continued to be better represented, with 244 Ringed Plover, 138 Dunlin, 32 Turnstones, 27 Sanderling, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Knot, 2 Common Sandpipers and singles of both Black and Bar-tailed Godwits at Ferrybridge joined by the first 2 Little Stints of the autumn. The sea was as hard work as the land, with a lot of watching at the Bill producing no more than 32 Manx and 11 Balearic Shearwaters, and 3 Arctic Skuas.

Little Stint's due a good autumn so hopefully these first two of the season will prove to be just the vanguard © Debby Saunders:

Perhaps two Ospreys before we've even seen the back of August will also prove a sign of things to come © Simon Colenutt The Deskbound Birder: