Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
Two Minke whales went north past the Brigg this morning with a third past the Gap earlier, and other movement at sea included 97 Sandwich Terns and 46 Knot. On the Brigg, a further 51 Knot were among a good cast of waders which also included 15 Dunlin and 21 Turnstones, as well a a further 13 Sandwich Terns and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull among increasing numbers of large gulls. A single Wood Sandpiper and three Common Sandpipers were at the Dams / East Lea.
Yesterday (30th), three Wood, five Green and seven Common Sandpipers were commuting between East Lea and the Dams, while three Pied Flycatchers (an unusually early high count) and a small increase in common warblers was evident in Top Scrub.
On 29th, a Spotted Redshank circled the Dams but though better of it early on, where threes of Golden Plover and Redshank and four Black-tailed Godwits also went over. The godwits soon returned to East Lea, where there were three Wood Sandpipers, two Common Sandpipers and a Little Egret. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at the Dams late on; Up to four Dunlin and five Snipe have also been frequenting both wetland sites in recent days.
On 28th, a Pied Flycatcher (the season’s first) was in Top Scrub, two Wood Sandpipers and 33 Teal were at the Dams, and off the Brigg, 14 Sanderlings, a Common Sandpiper, two Golden Plovers, 54 Whimbrel, 15 Knot and 27 Sandwich Terns went south.