31st July

The end of July played out in a rather similar fashion to the rest of the month with strong Westerly winds and frequent showers. Apart from a couple of Wheatears new in at the Bill, interest was again focused out at sea, with 1 European Storm Petrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater and a couple of Manx Shearwater passing by. Variety at Ferrybridge continued, with 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Knot, 13 Turnstone, 40 Dunlin, 10 Sanderling, 13 Ringed Plover, 3 Sandwich Terns and singles of Whimbrel and Common Tern. 

Following on from the record catch of Sand Martins in the last fortnight, we have heard back regarding one of the control birds: ringed as a youngster in Perth and Kinross on the 18th July, it took only 7 days to travel 654km on its Southward migration over the Bill! © Martin Cade