Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A strong southerly wind saw more movement of autumn migrating arctic waterfowl. The best daily count of Common Scoters Melanitta nigra (195 individuals) occured this morning, with the first migrating Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata (4) and Razorbill Alca torda (1) also recorded. July is the peak migration period for many adult waders that breed in arctic areas. Yesterday we spotted several interesting waders stopping over on the mudflats, including Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica (12), Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea (4) and Sanderling Calidris alba (1). Today 20 Dunlin Calidris alpina were recorded during the 4 hour survey period.

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