17th July 2014

Another hot and sunny day with an intially light and variable wind becoming brisk and easterly by early afternoon. An entertaining day for the time of year began with a flock of seven Little Egrets coming in off the sea and over the town at 0600 (with an additional bird at the Tip bringing the day count to eight), and continued with a juvenile Goldeneye at the Dams early on (very unusual) and a Common Sandpiper there. Sea passage included three Little Gulls and 40 Manx Shearwaters past, plus single Knot, Turnstone and Sanderling with 20 Dunlins on the Brigg.

Juvenile Goldeneye (Mark Pearson)

Juvenile Goldeneye (Mark Pearson)

The highlight of the day however was found at the Tip this afternoon – a male Red-veined Darter hunting in the north crop (MJP). Of only a handful of previous records for the area, the last occurred just shy of a year ago at the same site.

Male Red-veined Darter (Mark Pearson)

Male Red-veined Darter (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday saw six Little Terns heading south at sea (JS), and over 90 Dunlins and 100 Redshanks through.