Bright and sunny on the 21st although the wind stayed prohibitively brisk; a large chunk of the day was spent visiting the dwindling Arctic Tern colonies to mop up a few late chicks but it seems that only around 10 chicks will manage to fledge this year. Elsewhere, waders again provided most of the interest with 2 Greenshank seen to come in over one of the Tern colonies the pick along with 2 Red-necked Phalaropes again still, an increase to 29 Purple Sandpipers, 240+ Dunlin, 250+ Oystercatchers, 41 Sanderling, 3 Whimbrel, 42 Ringed Plover, 125+ Redshank, 40 Curlew (plus 17 seen heading out south) and 50 Turnstone while 3 Herons floated around.
Our one Arctic Skua chick is still going!
Many of the waders have fledged already but there are still a few Ringed Plovers to be found
Even when you are full grown, fledged and flying, you're not safe, as this big Shelduckling found out at Westness, photos Simon Davies