Last week’s fantastic Levant Sparrowhawk migration and string of great rare birds was always going to be a hard act to follow. Many birders were still coming in when the Long-billed Dowitcher left Sunday evening and the sparrowhawks were only occasional singles….virtually the entire world population passed through in two days. For four days a stubborn southerly wind pushed the birds off our course causing numbers to dip everywhere except North Beach. After the Independence day crowds moved on many birders were enjoying the cool breeze in the evening and a good selection of birds including Sooty Shearwaters, Arctic and Pomerine Skuas, a Bridled Tern, juvenile White-cheeked Terns, many Common and Little Terns, White-eyed Gulls, Striated Herons and even a pair of Bar-tailed Godwits. Friday morning the northerly wind returned and a wave of much needed passerines landed. We finally got some Barred Warblers, a couple of Olive-tree Warblers, another Rose-coloured Starling, Garden Warblers and plenty of very thin Blackcaps and Eastern Olivaceous Warblers. Among the late comers were some Eastern Orpean Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, Eastern Bonellis Warbler (aka Balkan Warbler)and a Bluethroat. Plenty of waders are still coming through and a constant stream of birders means no rarities will pass unnoticed. Honey Buzzard numbers were very low all week with only the weekend providing reasonable numbers closing in on 10 000 per day. The one bird that wasn’t affected was the Common Bee-eater which streamed through all week everywhere you cared to look or listen. Now we are waiting for the main body of White-winged Terns who are still mysteriously absent. Next week is going to be hot, very hot….so get on your summer plummage and come see the last wave of migrants….this really is the last call before a long relentless summer!