29th July 2014

The pick of this morning’s seawatch was a Marsh Harrier heading south several hundred metres offshore and towards Flamborough at 0830; it or another was reported from the Dams at a similar time. The latter site held a Green Sandpiper, a Redshank and 12 Lapwings, plus the long-staying three juvenile Shelducks and three Teal. Odd Little Egrets continue to drop in.

Knot (Mark Pearson)

Knot (Mark Pearson)

The Brigg is hosting a few more waders over the last few days, with up to seven Sanderling, 18 Knot, two Ringed Plover, 15 Dunlin and 15 Turnstone, as well as odd Whimbrels and Curlews. Yellow Wagtails are being recorded daily in single figures, and migrant Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers are now filtering through.

Movements over the sea are still modest, with the regulation cast of waders heading past in small numbers, as well as several hundred Common Scoter and double figures of the three commoner tern species on most days of late, with yesterday’s highlight being four Little Terns south mid-morning.