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April was a month of huge contrasts in the weather from “Hull will be hotter than Istanbul today” to a return to winter temperatures at the end of the month. Despite this there were a lot of great birds and other wildlife around. The coast sparkled with scarce birds from Firecrests, Hawfinches and a few beautiful Red-rumped Swallows. Many of our summer songbirds arrived back just about on time but there were a few really early sightings such as the first singing Turtle Dove on the 6th! Many butterflies emerged mid-month in the tropical weather along with excited moth trappers only to rush back for cover at the end of the month! The rarest bird prizes of the month go to the male Pallid Harrier floating across the M62 and a surprise Flamborough garden Olive-backed Pipit late in the month.

For more wildlife sightings click here to read the full article by Richard Baines of Yorkshire Coast Nature.

Photos clockwise from top left: Streamer by Damian Money, Ring Ouzel by Damian Money, Red-rumped and Barn Swallow by John Hewitt