A day of contrasting weather

Sunday 28th July

Though starting off rather bright and sunny the cries of gardeners everywhere now seem to have been well and truly heard, by mid afternoon some rather feisty showers were arriving in off the sea,  the first catching us out leading to an impromptu mopping of the communal lounge! Birding as always with this time of year was largely confined to the bill area where 12 Sedge Warbler, 6 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 each of Long-tailed Tit and Willow Warbler were noted. With what seemed like quite an enormous throng of visiting birders for July this morning, it was hardly any surprise that with each giving the sea a cursory glance here and there a reasonable tally was logged; 48 Common Scoter, 36 Manx Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Black-headed Gull, 2 Dunlin and singles of Redshank, Great Skua and Arctic Skua, the latter flew straight over the obs! At Ferrybridge this morning were 175 Dunlin, 28 Ringed Plover, 11 Sanderling, 8 Sandwich Tern and a Yellow-legged Gull. Moths again were quiet with just 19 Silver Y, 3 Dark Sword Grass, 2 Xylostella and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth.