A total of 11 Arctic Skua was logged from the Beach Huts this morning – at one point, there were six together, harrying the offshore gathering of 200+ Sandwich Tern, a Little Tern and 2 Common Tern. Also from the huts, singles of Balearic Shearwater and Manx Shearwater; while a juvenile Gannet was with a handful of adult birds – seen from the Barn Field. Later in the day, there were two 1cy Yellow-legged Gull on the HHC mudbar, when 7 Whimbrel left the area on the flooding tide; with other wader notables being one each of westbound Ringed Plover and Black-tailed Godwit, plus 5 Turnstone. Passerine interest came from a Pied Flycatcher by Holloway’s Dock and a Goldcrest by the HHC; a Hobby went over and Sparrowhawk breeding was confirmed on Wick; a couple of Tufted Duck arrived; and an approachable, juvenile Mediterranean Gull was around Mudeford Quay for the day.
Plover news: all three chicks are still present and correct.