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A mainly dry and increasingly warm month brought many naturalists and birders out into the field leading to some great sightings. The good weather suited many emerging butterflies from Duke of Burgundy to Brown Argus. Sighting of the month was much bigger, an impressive Black-browed Albatross at Bempton. At the other end of the scale, but just as impressive if you're keen on crazy moths, was the Chocolate Tip - a new moth species for Spurn. Spurn was again centre of attention for the most impressive rare bird migration moment when four Red-footed Falcons flew past at the end of the month.  

This monthly article written by Richard Baines (Yorkshire Coast Nature Wildlife Guide) is a detailed summary of scarce and rare wildlife seen by anyone in the area, an opportunity to pick out patterns of emergence or migration and a small gallery of some of the best photos from the month. If you have any unusual sightings please e-mail them for inclusion to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Follow this link for the full article and more photographs.

Photographs clockwise from top left: Hawfinch by Jonnie Fisk, Black-browed Albatross by Joe Fryer, Siberian Stonechat by Andy Hood and Purple Barred by Nicky Wearmouth.

(6th June 2017)