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How time flies! It’s nearly October and we are well into migration, the Yorkshire coast wildlife airport is full of arrivals and departures. Swifts have gone, Swallows have almost all gone but many other birds have just arrived. So many migration mysteries still remain.
August felt like the first settled warm month of the summer in East and North Yorkshire. Temperatures were at or above average for most of the period. A high of 24° was reached on five dates in Scarborough. Winds were predominantly from the south and west quarters with few periods of easterlies.
September is the month when many naturalists become excited about animal migration. From massive Gannets leaving their breeding ledges on their way to the Bay of Biscay, to delicate Red Admiral butterflies crossing the North Sea to reach Yorkshire’s shore, migration is amazing!
The first week of July is usually quiet for rare birds but birders were awoken from their summer siesta on the 1st when news broke of a Short-toed Eagle near Wykeham village. Unfortunately after the first sighting by a tour group it was never seen again but you never know…
August is a month of plenty. Whether you’re raising your family or planning on migration you need a lot of food and this is often the best month to put on weight with loads of insects and fruit around!