Thursday, 30 July 2015

30th July 2015

Weather: NNW force 4/5
Two Arctic Skuas gave a nice display with the 1,000 or so Sandwich Terns (above), while at high tide a remarkable 200 Little Terns were feeding off the north end (below). Also at high tide were 50 Common Scoters, a Guillemot, 2 Great Crested Grebes, a Gannet and a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers. Waders today included 5 Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 100 Sanderling and 20 Redshank. For the second time recently a dead Common Seal pup has been found (above, DB), this seems to indicate that for the first time ever breeding attempts have been made locally by Common Seals.

Knot in summer plumage with Dunlin and Sandwich Terns

(DB,AEH)    photos AEH , seal DB                                     [ 346-34 ]

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