14th July 2019
Most of the action over recent days has involved waders, with the Dams variously hosting three Green Sandpipers, up to two Dunlins, up to 24 Lapwing, a Common Sandpiper, a Snipe and a smart male Ruff on 10th. Also still frequenting the reserver are up to two Little Egrets and male and female Yellow Wagtails (which are local breeders), and a Marsh Harrier went west there on 10th.
On the sea, another juvenile Yellow-legged Gull went south yesterday, a Med Gull went north today, and double figures of Common Scoters (and 211 north yesterday), single figures of Manx Shearwaters, Common and Arctic Terns and odd Great Skuas and Red-throated Divers have been the norm. Wader passage is picking up including small numbers of Whimbrel, Curlew, and Oystercatcher on most days, while on the Brigg, the first returning Purple Sandpiper (colour-ringed here last spring) was among single figures of Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Turnstone and Sanderling yesterday, when 12 Bar-tailed Godwits also went north.