Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
A day that featured long spells of overcast, but also sunny conditions, with winds switching from the east to light southerlies. Seawatching highlights included 706 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 154 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and four Bonxies flying north, whilst a Blue Fulmar, 95 Manx Shearwaters, 129 Oystercatchers and five Arctic Skuas moved in the opposite direction.
An additional 100 Common Scoters were present off South Dykes. Thornwick Pools attracted six Common Sandpipers and 11 Dunlin, with 21 Whimbrel (out of a daily total of 26) and a Greenshank overflying there. A Marbled White butterfly seen at South Landing represented a relatively unusual local record.
West of the Dykes, three Common Sandpipers visited Buckton Pond.