Friday, 10 September 2010

Another breezy day meant that most observation efforts were conducted from the shelter of the seawatching hide. The most unusual sighting was the passage of many flocks of Bar-tailed Godwits throughout the day, totalling 97 individual birds. More typical seabirds passing by included 300 ‘Commic’ Terns (nearly all of which were Common Terns), 20 Sandwich Terns, one Black Tern, two Balearic Shearwaters, 11 Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua and two Wigeons. A large movement of Swallows took place in the morning, with 450 flooding in off the sea and heading south into the wind. Eight Knots, three Sanderlings, ten Dunlins and two Common Sandpipers were on the beach, 24 Wheatears were dotted around the coast and the Cuckoo remained feeding on Buff-tip caterpillars at the plantation.

Bar-tailed Godwits (c) Steve Stansfield

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