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June 2007

1st - Dense fog this morning with visibility under 100 metres at first. The remainder of the day was followed by wall to wall sunshine.

2nd - A beautiful summer’s day after early sea cloud had cleared. Up to 22.5 C.

Far Ings - Dad had to go into the factory this morning and on the way back we stopped at Far Ings. Not much going on but latterly we did hear a Bittern booming from somewhere deep in the marshes.

3rd - Another foggy start but again clearing to clear blue skies and warm sunshine.

Wheldrake Ings - Went to my favourite local reserve this morning, where the flowering meadows now look quite wonderful, especially on such a beautifully warm day. Mum and Add also joined us and sat by the river in the car park. Along the riverside we could hear warblers everywhere, and distantly over the meadows we could hear Curlews calling. Very different from our last visit when many areas were in flood and we had to wade to get to the final hides. A fine day out in the fields.

4th - A House Sparrow is regularly visiting the Fat Ball feeders at the moment.

6th - Juvenile Goldfinches seen this morning in the fields, and quite a number of young Starlings are now widely in evidence around the local area. Cool today though with a high of just 14 C.

7th - Coal tit fledglings were seen being fed in the garden today.

8th - Largest gathering of Swifts this year was seen this morning, taking advantage no doubt of the low cloud and muggy conditions. A male Bullfinch seen in the garden during the afternoon.

10th, River Hull Walk - Dad and I had a lovely walk along the east bank of the river Hull, with Tophill Low over on the west bank. It was a warm and humid day, and it was quite idealic to walk beside the broad and slow flowing river on such a day, with the long grass and wildflowers on the river bank. The Willows were in seed, releasing their fluffy seeds on to the breeze, with the vast majority settling down on the river itself. A few Kingfishers seen along the walk, and other birds seen along the river included Tufted ducks, Pochards, Mallards, & Greylag geese. A jolly pleasant walk.

11th - A foggy start but followed by a warm and sunny day.

12th - Another foggy start to the day, but unlike recently remaining grey and cloudy all day. Warm and humid though with a heavy shower in mid afternoon.

14th - Very wet today with persistent rain all day, and also unseasonably chilly with a high of just 11.8 C, the coldest June day on my records. Rain continuing throughout the night and by dawn 57 mm’s (2.24”) had been recorded, a new twenty four record. The tool shed flooded as a result.

15th - The heavy and persistent rain of yesterday continued into this morning, finally ceasing by noon and ending nearly forty four hours of continuous rain which brought 78 mm’s (3.07”). Indeed there was flooding in the local region with Hull and South Yorkshire particularly affected as drains and rivers struggled to cope. In the afternoon there were some thundery showers too, and overnight it became foggy. An eventful day weatherwise.

16th - A thundery shower overnight.

17th, Bempton Cliffs - Visited Bempton cliffs this morning to see how the seabirds are getting on, especially after the recent rains. Two thirds of the Kittiwakes now have chicks, and young were also seen amongst the Gannets, Guillemots, & Razorbills. Things seem to be going along OK at the moment, and lets hope this continues. There was some good entertainment to, and it was funny to watch a battle between a Gannet and a Kittiwake, with the Kittiwake repeatedly trying to unsettle the Gannet which had obviously stolen the Kittiwakes nesting site. Other than the interest that the birds provided, it was a fine morning just to be simply by the sea above these wonderful cliffs.

19th - A foggy morning and remaining cloudy all day. Outbreaks of thundery rain overnight with some heavy bursts at times.

20th - A Bullfinch seen in the garden.

21st - An Oystercatcher flew over Long Lane this morning, heading westwards. In the afternoon there was a heavy and thundery shower.

23rd - Thundery showers in the middle of the day.

24th, Deepdale (Calliswold) - Walked around the Deepdale area this morning, on a fine summers day. The wildflowers now fully out on the ungrazed hillsides, and the whole area was filled with the sound of bird song, including Yellowhammers amongst the Hawthorn scrub. A Redstart was the main highlight though, but it does actually represent the third sighting in the Wolds this year, perhaps signs that this species is beginning to colonise the Wolds. Also seen along the walk was a Fox, a Stoat, and a good number of Hares too. Butterflys were also around in good numbers and diversity, including Red Admirals, Painted Lady’s, Meadow Browns, & Coppers. A fine morning.

25th - An amazing day with heavy and persistent rain from 5am through to 6pm, and with this coming just ten days after over a months worth of rain was recorded on the 15th, it caused widespread problems locally with vast swathes of Hull inundated with flood water. Over 90 mm’s (3.54”) of rain was recorded here in seventeen hours, with the rain at its heaviest between 9am and noon when 30 mm’s was recorded in just three hours. Many villages were cut off by the widespread flood waters, and in Beverley many houses suffered flooding, particularly in the North Bar without area. Back in Hull the rising floodwaters continued to cause widespread problems, with one person even drowning when they became trapped in a storm drain. Cars were forced to wade through water which was headlight deep and indeed many cars became crippled as engines were flooded. Hull was probably the worst affected city in the country but problems were also reported in South Yorkshire, particularly around Doncaster, and also in Lincolnshire, with Louth even declaring a state of emergency. Our house was largely fine, though the tool shed was flooded to a depth of 3 and a half inches, and large areas of the lawn held standing water. An amazing and unforgettable day, probably once in a lifetime, and no doubt it will have long term affects on the local communities and of course those families which have suffered devastating flooding to their homes.

26th - Oystercatchers & Redshanks seen in the Swinemoor area this morning, with quite a few on flooded arable fields as well as the replenished Swinemoor floods. In the afternoon a male Siskin was on the Niger feeder, a very unseasonable observation and no doubt a result of the recent weather. Quite cool today with a high of just 13 C.

28th - A Song Thrush was singing all day from atop the Silver Birch today.

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