28th May

Today's easterlies - the first for quite a while and coming at just the time we'd like them to - had a good deal of anticipation invested in them and as such can only really be deemed a bit of a flop: a Nightingale in fitful song at the Bill was a nice mini highlight but hardly big league, whilst common migrants were more sparsely spread than they had been in seemingly far less suitably overcast conditions earlier in the week, with just a few Swifts and hirundines, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin and 2 Spotted Flycatchers at the Bill and singles of Reed Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher further up the island; 9 Sanderling were the only noteworthy waders at Ferrybridge. Another 56 Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Skuas and a Red-throated Diver passed by off the Bill and 2 Great Northern Divers headed overhead at Ferrybridge.

Several of this week's Great Northern Divers - like this one over Ferrybridge this morning - have been presumed immatures in sub-optimal plumage © Pete Saunders: