2nd September

Quantity over quality once again as the day dawned clear and calm. The day list reached into its second column for the third day running even if it once more lacking the rarity to make it into a great day. Hirundine passage continued with mixed flocks moving down the West Cliffs, although the Swift total was down to just one. In the Obs garden, migrants continued to emerge in low single figures including: Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap, Garden Warbler and Robin as well as the first Chiffchaff to be ringed this autumn. Overhead passage was limited to 48 Yellow Wagtails, eight Tree Pipits and four Grey Wagtails, although this was all trumped by a Greenshank seen heading down the East Cliffs later in the afternoon. A tiny bit more action at sea included 14 Manx and 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas and a Bonxie through off the Bill.

Delayed checking of the emails meant we missed this cracking juvenile Knot from yesterday at Ferrybridge © Will Bown: