24th April

A distinctly underwhelming day although it has to be said that only the very optimistic expected much from a chilly northwesterly and clear skies. The grounded migrant tally was low, with many expected species completely absent, so 4 Grasshopper Warblers and a Cuckoo were a slight surprise given how little else was about; the lingering Black Redstart was also still about at Southwell. Waders fared slightly better, with 36 Dunlin, 8 Bar-tailed Godwits and 3 Whimbrel at Ferrybridge and a Common Sandpiper amongst others at the Bill. The trickle of movement on the sea included 3 Red-throated Divers, 3 Eider, 2 Arctic Skuas and a Black-throated Diver through off the Bill.

Black-winged Stilts are always entertaining birds so we couldn't resist popping over to Lodmoor for a look at the pair that dropped in there today - we didn't see them mating but evidently they were both before and after our visit! © Martin Cade: