Sunday, 21 August 2016
21 Aug - On a brief stop, the Little Stints had departed Farmoor, but nice views along the causeway of an adult Sanderling moulting out of summer plumage - also 4 Dunlin including a confiding juvenile, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Raven over, and many Sand Martins together with a late Swift feeding over the choppy water on a fair westerly breeze.
Saturday, 20 August 2016
20 Aug - An impressive wader spectacle on the falling tide at the Esk mouth this evening, large numbers of Curlews, Bar-tailed Godwits and Oystercatchers flighting onto the estuary as the mud became exposed. Highlights included 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 2 summer plumaged Grey Plovers - also Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, Turnstone, Redshank and 4 Black-tailed Godwits, with a nice group of 20 or so flighty Sanderling. Altogether a shorebird spectacular...... Other highlights included 9 Velvet Scoter offshore with large numbers of moulting Eider, and at least 100 Goosander/Red-breasted Mergansers. Due to the strong easterlies and showers, a steady stream of Sandwich Terns were passing, with Gannets and a few Kittiwakes offshore.