9th July 2024

There was heavy rain throughout the morning till mid-afternoon, winds were a moderate easterly and the maximum temperature 15°C.

Common Scoters dominated seawatching with 782 north and 160 south. Other birds logged included 67 Manx Shearwaters, an Arctic Skua, a single Arctic Tern and 18 Sandwich Terns. 650 Puffins were also notable.

A Cuckoo was seen along Lighthouse Road early morning but it was waders that provided most interest. Ten Common Sandpipers were at Thornwick Pools during the evening, the best ever July count, while two Green Sandpipers were there early morning. Elsewhere on the Outer Head were a Knot, three Dunlin and seven Lapwings . Inbound Teal numbered 32.

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools (Andrew Allport)