Hudsonian Whimbrel reappears

16th June 2007 - overcast with sunny spells, calm
The Hudsonian Whimbrel was again present over the tide on the salt marsh opposite the refuse tip - viewable from the roadside by the tip entrance gates. The bird is associating with a small flock of Curlew and in direct comparison to Whimbrel shows a warmer brown colouration, bolder head pattern, all dark rump and dark under wing.
Morning observations (0800-0900) produced totals of 110 Sandwich Tern, 14 Gannet, 5 Common Scoter and single Arctic Skua and Fulmar.
Diurnal Migration
A late movement saw 5 Swallow fly in off the Irish Sea.
Wildfowl and Waders
In addition to the Hudsonian Whimbrel, other waders included 895 Oystercatcher, 260 Curlew, 54 Lapwing, 25 Dunlin, 21 Turnstone, 14 Ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel and a single Grey Plover.
Breeding Birds
Several broods of Shelduck and many creches of Eider are now around the island.