18th July 2015

After a somewhat late start to the autumn migration, waders have finally begun to increase in numbers and variety in recent days, with a respectable showing over the land and (particularly) the sea. This morning saw four Black-tailed Godwits south off the Brigg and six past the Gap, with small numbers of Whimbrel past both sites as well as e.g. Dunlin, Golden Plover, Knot, Redshank, Curlew, Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher in small numbers along the coast. In addition, at least 800 Swifts went south at the Gap before 0600hrs.

Dunlin, Tip (Mark Pearson)

Dunlin, Tip (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday saw the first big movement of Knot and Sanderling past the hut, with 203 of the former and 22 of the latter among a good cast of common waders, as well as decent counts of 410 Common Scoters and 122 Sandwich Terns.

The Dams and East Lea have yet to pull in much in the way of note, although a Green Sandpiper and a Little Egret commuted between both yesterday, and five Common Sandpipers was by the far the best count of the year so far at the Dams this morning.

Green Sandpiper, East Lea (Henry Teahan)

Green Sandpiper, East Lea (Henry Teahan)