11th August

With the wind having not died away to the extent that we'd anticipated/hoped today was another day of more or less constant seawatching. With the exception of a Cory's Shearwater reported by a visitor at the Bill the rewards were thin indeed, with further watches there coming up with no more than 6 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel and singles of Balearic Shearwater and Pomarine Skua. Also at the Bill, southbound Lesser Black-backed Gulls were again departing in quantity, a lone Ringed Plover was new on the ground but passerines of note consisted of nothing more than a handful of Wheatears and Willow Warblers. The day's only other reports came from Ferrybridge, where 160 Common Terns, 5 Sanderling, a Redshank and a Little Tern were of note.

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Ringed Plover - Portland Bill, 11th August 2014 © Keith Pritchard Gulls and Terns