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High­lights

Once more, the big­gest story con­cerned a Black-browed Al­ba­tross seen at Bemp­ton Cliffs RSPB, East York­shire, which even came and set­tled with Gan­nets on 28th, be­fore head­ing fur­ther north along the coast, be­ing seen off the Durham and Northum­ber­land coasts the next day. A bark­ing male Lit­tle Bit­tern was at Old Moor RSPB, South York­shire on 25th.

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HIGH­LIGHTS: A Rose-coloured Star­ling was at Billing­ham (11th-13th). Marsh War­blers sang at Saltholme (3rd-7th) and Bowes­field (4th-19th). A Spot­ted Sandpiper at Scal­ing Dam (16th) was the fifth county record. NORTH TEES MARSHES: A Red-necked Grebe was at Saltholme (17th) and Greatham Creek (18th). A Curlew Sandpiper and Lit­tle Gull were at Saltholme (2nd), with a Spoon­bill there (3rd and 11th), two Wood Sand­pipers (19th), a Roseate Tern (30th) and two Marsh Har­ri­ers. OTHER SITES: An Osprey was at Lock­wood Beck (9th-11th). A Red Kite flew over Ack­lam (16th). A Great White Egret was at Scal­ing Dam (21st). A Black Guille­mot was off South Gare (24th). A Roseate Tern was off Salt­burn (25th). Chris Sharp 01429 865163

NORTHUM­BER­LAND

HIGH­LIGHTS: An adult Black-browed Al­ba­tross flew past the Farne Is­lands (29th). SOUTH NORTHUM­BER­LAND: Up to three Spoon­bills lin­gered in the Druridge area through­out. The Red-necked Phalarope re­mained at Grindon Lough (1st-4th). A Slavo­nian Grebe at Bothal Pond and Lin­ton Pond was un­usual (from 17th). A Great White Egret was at Swal­low Pond (21st) and New­ton Pool (22nd-25th). Jonathan Fa­rooqi

EAST YORK­SHIRE

SPURN: A stun­ning sum­mer-plumaged White-winged Black Tern ar­rived at Kilnsea Wet­lands (29th). A Great White Egret and two Spoon­bills flew south (1st), with the next good day for ‘viz miggers’ (9th), when Ice­land Gull, Crane and Spoon­bill were all logged. A sec­ond Great White Egret flew south (15th), when Swifts peaked at just over 3,000. Other note­wor­thy species pass­ing south in­cluded Osprey (22nd), a (singing!) Wood Sandpiper (23rd) and Long-tailed Skua (29th). A Gar­ganey was at Kilnsea Wet­lands (9th), where a Brent Goose took up res­i­dence. Com­mon Scot­ers peaked mid-month with over 700 counted. A Red-necked Phalarope spent a cou­ple of days on Hold­er­ness Field (from 11th), and a Curlew Sandpiper was on nearby Bea­con Ponds late-month. There was a clear taste of Scan­di­navia (3rd), with Red­wing, Ic­ter­ine War­bler, Com­mon Rosefinch and Honey Buz­zard all ar­riv­ing. A singing Nightin­gale was at Rose Cot­tage (5th-7th), Spurn’s lat­est ever spring record, but other high­lights were con­fined to a Bullfinch on 15th (scarce here) and a hand­ful of Cross­bills. John He­witt 07952 293060

NORTH YORK­SHIRE

SCARBOROUGH: High­lights in­cluded a Bit­tern at Wyke­ham South Lake (14th), a Great White Egret at John­son’s Marsh (21st) and a Spoon­bill fly­ing south over the har­bour (3rd). Three Honey Buz­zards, two Red Kites and sev­eral Hobby sight­ings were re­ported from Wyke­ham Rap­tor View­point. An Osprey was at Hack­ness (3rd). The Glau­cous Gull, first seen in early March, was at Long Nab (4th). Nick Addey (www.scar­bor­ough­bird­ing.co.uk) WEST YORK­SHIRE BRAD­FORD: Best birds were up to four Lit­tle Ringed Plovers at Lee­shaw (4th), a Grasshopper War­bler at Tong Park (17th), a Yel­low Wag­tail at Ot­ley (20th) and two dif­fer­ent Com­mon Scot­ers at War­ley Moor Reser­voir (22nd & 23rd). One or two Yel­low-legged Gulls were also seen sev­eral times at Lee­shaw. Plenty of Cuck­oos were about with birds at Pen­nythorn Hill, Bar­den Scale, Fair­weather Green, and Lee­shaw through­out the month. A Gar­den War­bler was at the Keigh­ley Re­serve (4th), a Ring-necked Para­keet at Sal­taire (12th), two Wood War­blers were seen at Stridd Woods (14th) and a Tree Pipit was at Beam­s­ley (21st). Chris King – Brad­ford Or­nitho­log­i­cal Group

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Kilnsea, East York­shire, July

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