Among the group of 60 strong were c.40 Ringed Plover, 8 Sanderling, 10-15 Dunlin and also a single Black-tailed Godwit.
There is one bird slightly confusing me - it looked similar to a Curlew Sandpiper type bird, but also similar to Dunlin. I would appreciate any help with ID. (Picture 6+8)
|Black-tailed Godwit etc.|
|Sanderling, Dunlin and Ringed Plover|
|Ringed plover (ad + juv)|
|Dunlin (back) and Sanderling?|
|Dunlin and Sanderling|
|Dunlin (front) and Sanderling/Dunlin?|
|Cinnabar moth caterpillar?|
Eventually, I spotted the first Manx Shearwaters of the trip too; unfortunately there were only 2 Common Dolphins seen. 2 Sooty Shearwater flew past, along with a Cory's which I missed.
|Manx Shearwaters (heavily edited!)|
|juv Black Tern|
|Fulmar, Storm Petrel and Wilson's petrel (higher on the image, on the right)|
|Gannet (nearly got all of it!)|
|Sooty Shearwater (barely)|
An excellent day birdwatching. On the way back 2 Whimbrel flew past, while the Fulmars and Gannets followed us back.
On the journey back, I was shattered and fell asleep. A mistake - my dad spotted a Barn owl sitting on a '40mph' sign. That was the only Barn Owl seen on the trip.