Friday, 27 July 2012

25th - 26th July

The year's first Greenshank finally appeared on the 25th, as counts of other waders included 461 Sanderlings, 390 Turnstones and 77 Ringed Plovers. The Dunlin influx, however, was a short-lived event: most of the birds from the previous day had departed to leave just 68 by morning. The only other species of interest were a couple of Swifts and a flock of 16 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. A Leach's Petrel and 51 Storm Petrels were caught that night, while a second Leach's Petrel was seen to be attracted to the tape.

The highlights of seawatching on the 26th were 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 5 Manx Shearwaters and 5 Storm Petrels; a Sand Martin was the day's only other noteworthy sighting.

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