4th August

Autumn passage continues to tick along at a rather less than inspiring level, with today's fair weather coming up with an increase in wader numbers and a little more out to sea but the passerine tally largely unchanged. Both Sedge Warbler and Willow Warbler just struggled into double figures at the Bill, where singles of Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grasshopper Warbler and Reed Warbler provided the best of the variety. The wader tally at Ferrybridge included across the board increases amongst which 9 Redshank were of particular note. Nine Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas and a Yellow-legged Gull were the best of the offerings from the seawatchers.

Unfortunately we're running days and days late with going through our nocmig recordings so we're not sure to what extent the expected uptick in wader numbers by day is also in evidence overnight when the likes of Common and Green Sandpipers are usually detected more frequently. These five Redshank were part of a larger group that dropped in for a while at Ferrybridge © Pete Saunders: