12th August

A buffetingly windy day that saw most attention given to the sea. Kittiwakes trickled through all day, with 200 through off the Bill during a sample couple of hours during the morning; 8 more Arctic Skuas also passed by there along with 9 Manx Shearwaters and a Balearic Shearwater, whilst a Little Gull lingered offshore and at least 4 Yellow-legged Gulls were ashore - 3 at the Bill and a single at Ferrybridge. Passerine and wader numbers were nothing special, with 40 Wheatears making up the bulk of the numbers at the Bill and singles of Sanderling and Common Sandpiper the best amongst 150 Ringed Plovers and 60 Dunlin at Ferrybridge/Hamm Beach.

Three Bluefin Tuna off the Bill during the morning were the first seen there so far this autumn.

This morning's Common Sandpiper on Hamm Beach © Debby Saunders: