16th August

Clearer conditions made for a much better passage day. The early morning saw an increase in overhead passage including a smattering of Sand Martins, six Tree Pipits and singles of Yellow and Grey Wagtail. The garden was much busier with over 30 Willow Warblers 'hu-wheating' from the tree tops, and a skulking Garden Warbler eventually revealing itself in the nets. Sea passage was also a lot more promising 15 Balearic Shearwaters, three Bonxies and a supporting cast of Kittiwakes and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Wader passage was also notable with the Bill producing five Redshank, three each of Ringed Plover and Dunlin and two Turnstones to add to the Purple Sandpiper sighting at Ferrybridge.        

Ferrybridge saw its own piece of the action with the young Peregrines quickly learning just how aggressive Oystercatchers can be...©Debby Saunders:

One of the best August birds, a Yellow Wagtail ©Debby Saunders: 

A rare sighting at Ferrybridge, the first Purple Sandpiper of the winter ©Pete Saunders:

The rest of the Ferrybridge totals added up to five Common Sandpipers, five Sanderlings, a single Redshank and over 50 apiece of Dunlin and Ringed Plover ©Pete Saunders: