2nd September 2015

Turnstone, Ringed Plover & Bar-tailed Godwit on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Turnstone, Ringed Plover & Bar-tailed Godwit on the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

A switch of emphasis to the sea over the last few days, with a north-westerly airflow encouraging passage off the Brigg (and generally discouraging land-based migration). A six-hour seawatch this morning produced a juvenile Long-tailed Skua, a Balearic Shearwater, 25 Arctic Skuas and seven Sooty Shearwaters (MJP), with a Balearic Shearwater and five Sooty Shearwaters yesterday (1st) morning (MJP, JS, CW). A (very) high tide wader roost included a Bar-tailed Godwit and 26 Knot this morning.

Pintail & Teal heading north, 31st Aug (Mark Pearson)

Pintail & Teal heading north, 31st Aug (Mark Pearson)

The 31st saw a Velvet Scoter north and the Little Stint still on the Brigg, while good wildfowl movement included five Pintail and 374 Teal. A passage of 90 Swifts headed south along a storm front, three Wheatears were on the Brigg (with up to three since), a Marsh Harrier and a Short-eared Owl were at the Tip, and a single Wood Sandpiper was at East Lea.