The holiday makers are staring at the sea, as are the birders...

Judging by the faces of our hardy fieldworkers this morning it was less than rewarding to be out, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, and the semi-resident Cuckoo and Wheatear by mid afternoon was all they had to show. With the onset of some rather brisk south-westerlies in the last few days the sea was given even more attention, the first Sooty Shearwater of the year was logged late morning, a personal highlight for myself as it was a Portland tick, by 8pm 35 Manx Shearwater, 20 Balearic Shearwater, 9 Common Scoter, 2 Turnstone and singles of Ringed Plover, Mallard, Little Egret and Med Gull flew past, most species going west, except for the Mallard which shouldn't have been here in the first place... Ferrybridge wader numbers continue to build with 217 Dunlin, 36 Ringed Plover, 20 Sanderling, 7 Turnstone and 5 Sandwich Tern.

Cuckoo ©Joe Stockwell, Herring Gull and Wheatear ©Pete and Debby Saunders