Saturday, 30 June 2018

27th - 29th June

A settled few days with plenty of bright sunshine and light to moderate easterly winds (although the inevitable fog did drift in for a while on the 28th); Golden Plover numbers continue to rise reaching 130 on the 27th when there was still a single Red-necked Phalarope on Gretchen.   A bit more to mention on the 28th with 5 Swifts over The Links (only the second record of the year after a woeful spring for this species), a Heron on Ancum, 2 Whimbrel, a Sandwich Tern, at least 50 Sand Martins around the breeding colony on The Links, a Rock Pipit at Trolla (the first one since 14th May) and 7 Manx Shearwaters offshore during a brief seawatch.

                The Heron was still on Ancum on the 29th while 2 more Swifts were over Brides and 24 Bar-tailed Godwits included a Norwegian colour ringed individual.

Both Black-headed and Common Gull fledglings are on the wing now