11th March

Bucketloads of rain - at least for the duration of the morning - today joined the litany of excuses (...gales, sloth, incompetence and senility all spring readily to mind) we can provide for our continuing lack of a Wheatear - in fact no summer migrant featured on the day-list today! A fly-by party of Shoveler off the Bill did provide small compensation, with 3 Common Scoter and a single Red-throated Diver also passing by there; the only other report of note was of the 6 Bar-tailed Godwits still at Ferrybridge.

It might seem like a silly little simple pleasure but we were really excited to see the flock of Shoveler passing the Bill - in fact all the more so for the fact that they rounded Pulpit Rock within seconds of us arriving at the Obelisk and we then remained at the Bill tip for another half hour and saw absolutely nothing else of interest. We've seen umpteen Shoveler pass by over the years but we're pretty sure this is the first time that there's been the happy coincidence of them being close enough and us having a camera to hand © Martin Cade:

Considering what a shocker the morning had been, the afternoon was really quite pleasant albeit still pretty breezy © Martin Cade: