Hudsonian Whimbrel continues to draw the crowds

24th June 2007 - overcast with showers, calm
Although it has been present for 11 days the Hudsonian Whimbrel continues to draw the crowds. At least 100 observers turned out today to admire the bird as it showed well on both the morning and evening tides on the saltings at Wylock Marsh. High tide tomorrow is at 0805hrs and 2043hrs.
Observations early morning (0740-1000) produced 485 Common Scoter, 200 Sandwich Tern, 20 Gannet, 10 Manx Shearwater, 8 Arctic Skua (5 dark, 3 pale) and small numbers of Fulmar, Kittiwake, Arctic Tern, Common Tern and Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
The Hooded Crow remains.
Diurnal Migration
Sightings were limited to 2 Collared Dove and 3 House Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Flocks of 3 Tufted Duck and 5 Teal flew through during offshore observations and at least 3 Whimbrel were available for comparison with the Hudsonian Whimbrel.
New species for the year attracted to the moth trap included Buff-tip, Spinach, Barred Straw, Common Footman and Garden Tiger.