Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Returning waders (1st-10th August 2016)
The first ten days of August went by as normal with returning summer plumaged waders stealing the show. Numerous juvenile Ruff, Greenshank, Whimbrel, a mixture of adult and juvenile Black-tailed Godwits and Bar-tailed Godwits as well as a Curlew Sandpiper and some stunning Knot proved to the best. Other noteworthy species throughout the period included Sandwich Tern, a trickle of Sand Martins, and the first Red-breasted Merganser of the autumn off the Links. The 7th involved a decent seawatch with 12 Sooty Shearwaters, 43 Manx Shearwaters, 28 Storm Petrels and a Harbour Porpoise.