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Today's rather measly list wasn't for want looking since there was a fair bit of weekend fieldwork but interest away from Ferrybridge was limited to a Sedge Warbler at the Bill and a Manx Shearwater through on the sea there. Ferrybridge still hosted a hatful of activity, notably including more than 200 Common Terns, but 2 Little Gulls were as good as it got in terms of quality
On an otherwise largely rained off day Ferrybridge attracted provided most of the action that included good counts of 166 Common Terns and 122 Dunlin, with further variety there consisting of 2 Black-tailed Godwits and singles of Sanderling, Whimbrel and Little Gull. The combination of the rain and a fresh breeze looked to have some promise for the seawatchers but singles of Manx and Balearic Shearwater were all that could be mustered during the few spells that weren't spoilt by limited visibility.
The sporadic showers and overcast morning did nothing for a quiet and uneventful day that saw little movement on the land. Highlights from a much diminished sea included a loitering ArcticSkua, a small handful of ManxShearwaters and 20 each of CommonTerns, MediterraneanGulls and CommonScoter. In non-avian news the first CommonDarter of the year was seen around the Obs garden.
Another hope-filled day as both GrasshopperWarbler and SedgeWarbler trapped in the Crown Estate Field nets heralded the beginnings of autumnal passage. A smattering of additional migrants included a Hawfinch at Oldhill, two new Blackcaps in Culverwell and a trickle of Swifts and SandMartins. The sea was lively once again with a steady influx of common passage birds joined by 16 BalearicShearwaters. Ferrybridge was also showing signs of life with a new LittleGull, 30+ CommonTerns, 17 Dunlin and a flock of 7 LittleEgrets.
In non -avian news the sea provided a host of marine species with a CompassJellyfish off the West Cliffs as well as six of the Bottle-nosedDolphin pod, four HarbourPorpoises and a GreySeal.
The weather's probably a tad too lovely just at the moment to expect much to be dropping in and, a few passing Sand Martins aside, passerine migrants didn't feature at all today. Singles of Lapwing and Dunlin overhead at the Bill constituted the only reports of note from the land, with 75 Mediterranean Gulls, 9 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Sandwich Terns and a Yellow-legged Gull through or lingering offshore there.
Pick of the bunch today were singles of Greenshank, Redshank, Common Sandpiper and Little Gull at Ferrybridge, singles of Grey Heron and Reed Warbler at the Bill and a Balearic Shearwater through on the sea there. Fuller update and photos to follow when we have more time tomorrow.
A miscellaneous selection to report today with early autumn migrants featuring quite well. Ferrybridge provided the best of the numbers that included 238 Mediterranean Gulls, 6 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwits and a Sanderling, as well as the Little Gull for a second day. At the Bill new arrivals included 4 Redshank, 2 Sedge Warblers and singles of Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Reed Warbler, with 50 Manx Shearwaters, 10 Balearic Shearwaters, 5 Common Scoter, a Shoveler and Great Skua through on the sea.
Despite the AGM looming on the horizon, and the prep therein involved taking up most of the day, we managed to accrue a decent list with a couple of new faces joining the now familiar Hawfinch. Perhaps its just the way that we remember things but the autumn seems to be encroaching ever further into the summer's territory and this was proved today by the arrival of the first juvenile SedgeWarbler of the year in the Obs nets. In spite of this and a BalearicShearwater past the Bill it was Ferrybridge yet again that stole the show with a first summer LittleGull in amongst the, now numerous, MediterraneanGulls.
Another beautiful day was most productively spent at Ferrybridge where the selection of waders provided the greatest variety of the day. The three LittleRingedPlovers were still outside the visitor centre but had been joined by a pair of Black-tailedGodwits, five Curlew and nine Dunlin. Elsewhere the only real migrants were six fly-over SandMartins and a Blackcap at the Obs where the lingering male Hawfinch continued to gorge on the bird table seed for all to see.