Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Autumn is here - yippeee

A few bits of movement these last few days. Started a week or so ago with the first Bonxie of the year, and then waders started doing their thing at the weekend. Saturday brought two flocks of southbound Redshanks (23 birds in total and a year tick), 9 Knot and 9 Teal. Then yesterday there were a couple of Common Sands (virtually but not absolutely annual) and a couple of Sanderlings. There's also been a few Swifts moving swiftly through and some Manxies shearing through.

The Black Scoter remains but is not always detectable. Plus 5 Surfies. I finally got some really dodgy pics of the BS (hand-held digiscoping at 60x) that at least give the right general impression (i.e. a distant fuzzy duck with a glowing bill).

Redshank and Common Sand move the year list on to 106 (85.71%) and consolidates the Bronze Medal Position (but maybe others are just keeping their cards close to their chests with undeclared and unasailable lists....).


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