2nd August 2014

Today’s highlights included three Little Terns south at 1924hrs (MJP) and one south this morning (JS, BP) in what is becoming an excellent ‘autumn’ for this locally barely annual species, plus a Grey Plover within a good cast of southbound waders over recent days. The Dams attracted two Common and one Green Sandpiper, plus 15 Lapwings and the semi-resident trios of Teal and Shelduck, while two Little Egrets visited Carr Naze pond.

Common Tern at the Dams yesterday (Mark Pearson)

Common Tern at the Dams yesterday (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (1st) three Little Terns went south (JS, BP) and six Little Egrets went north (with further singles over the town and at East Lea), while waders grounded at the latter site and the Dams included twos of Whimbrel and Curlew, 12 Lapwing and ten Snipe. Unusually, a Common Tern also briefly visited the East Pool at the Dams before heading east.

Arctic Skua heading south off High Brigg this evening (Mark Pearson)

Arctic Skua heading south off High Brigg this evening (Mark Pearson)