20th August 2014

A moderate north-westerly and another seven or so hours observation from the Brigg produced relatively limited returns, with a large shearwater sp – very likely a Great – heading north and then unfortunately disappearing in the swell at 0945 constituting the one that got away. A Little Tern south (MJP) continued a particularly good season for this species locally, while a large skua around fishing boats mid-morning lacked any markings and turned out to be an all-black Bonxie (which totaled six). 95 Manx Shearwaters, 12 Arctic Skuas and three Red-throated Divers (the first of the autumn) were among other records.

After disappearing from a post the other day, another chance to see Mike Day's cracking Snipe photo from the Dams

After disappearing from a post the other day, another chance to see Mike Day’s cracking Snipe photo from the Dams

The Dams retained a similar cast of waders, a Wheatear was on caravans in the Country Park and the ringers were back in action in the Top Scrub – a total of 15 birds were trapped, as follows:

1 Willow Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tits, 1 Great Tit, 2 Dunnocks, 3 Blackcaps, 1 Robin and 3 Wrens.

Willow Warbler (Dan Lombard)

Willow Warbler (Dan Lombard)