6th July


Portland Bill - 0815 to 1030 Sea-watch Manx Shearwater 2, Little Tern 6, Common Scoter 4 offshore, Kittiwake 3, Common Tern 6, Sandwich Tern 4, Fulmar 2, Shag 3 🦉 #birds #ornithology #ukbirding #seabirds

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— Dorset Bird Tours (@dorsetbirdtours.bsky.social) Jul 6, 2024 at 16:39


Ferrybridge this morning 20+ Common Sandpipers along the harbour, flock of 12 Shelduck west, 3 Turnstone, Dunlin

— Debra Saunders (@debbyseamist.bsky.social) Jul 6, 2024 at 7:48

We couldn't recollect such a large aggregation of what eventually proved to be 23 Common Sandpipers along the Harbour shoreline this morning and were too footballed-out to take the time to check the stats but Grahame Walbridge has kindly reminded us that in days gone by there were actually several considerable higher counts: the Dorset county record total is 55 along the Harbour shore on 20th August 1983, whilst other good totals include 30 there on 18th July 1986 and 34 on East Cliffs at the Bill on 30th August 1974 © Pete Saunders:

The flock of a dozen Shelducks over Ferrybridge isn't a bad total either © Pete Saunders: