19th July 2017

Arctic Skua heading north (Mark Pearson)

A busy day of early autumn passage, particularly concerning Whimbrels, with a total of 244 recorded heading south through the area during the day. Other highlights included a Blue Fulmar south over Carr Naze (MJP), totals of 652 Common Scoters north and 96 south, 119 Manx Shearwaters south and two north, 31 Sanderlings south (among smaller numbers of other common waders), 136 Sandwich Terns north, plus five Arctic Skuas, two Bonxies, a Yellow Wagtail and two Little Egrets on the Brigg.

One of many parties of Whimbrel noted through the day (Mark Pearson)

Waders at a busy and productive Dams included no fewer than 15 Common Sandpipers, four Green Sandpipers, 60 Lapwings, five Redshanks, four Dunlin and the Black-tailed Godwit. 

Common Scoters heading north (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (18th) was notable for nine Little Terns south and a Minke Whale (BP et al.).