Today was a great day with large numbers of waders and terns on the move off Long Nab and at Wykeham South Lake.
An indication of what was to come later was the early morning discovery of 9 Bar-tailed Godwits at 05.25 in North Bay with a couple of Sanderlings for company. Later in the day Jackson’s Bay had 12 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Grey Plover
On Johnson’s Marsh early morning there were 2 Barnacle Geese but they departed north at 05.50 then later in the morning a Green Sandpiper and a pair of Shovelers were discovered.
Long Nab was well watched today with passage totals of 58 Common Scoter, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose, an astonishing 69 Grey Plovers, 31 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Whimbrel, 29 Knot, 11 Dunlin, 149 Sandwich Terns and 9 Arctic Terns all moving south. Also in the area today were just a single Shore Lark, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Wheatears.
At Wykeham South Lakes today a total of 41 Arctic Terns were counted passing through along with a single Common Tern and the stars of the show 2 Black Terns, also seen in the area today were 3 Common Sandpipers, 6 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Wheatears and a Corn Bunting. Another group of 8 Common and 4 Arctic Terns was seen flying east over Crossgates at 09.45
A late morning report of 25 Waxwings flying north along Ramsey Street from Woodlands Ravine is quite a late record for this species.
Also today a Turtle Dove was reported from the Givendale area and at Bridestones 3 Redstarts were noted.
|Arctic Terns - Wykeham South Lake - Chris Bradshaw|