Sanderling and Dunlin here in flight..
Sanderling here from the beach on Bull Island where at least 142 were present on this day. These birds were present throughout the first two weeks on June while I was home in Ireland and were remarkably variable in appearance, the summer plumaged birds were quite stunning. Also present were good numbers of Dunlin and 7 Grey Plover. On the lagoons were hundreds more Dunlin, 90 Knot, 300 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and a handfulof Lapwing. Remarkable numbers for June. Other highlights were a Cuckoo, lots of Shelduck, some Kittiwake and Black Guillemot as well as orchids, buterflies, Common Seals. A remarkable place to birdwatch in everyway which has been very much underwatched over the years, though this is cahnging, have a look at the website here...
The several outings on the island were thorughly enjoyable, this is were I grew up birding and it was nice to be back and to meet up with Tom Cooney, who runs the website and has been watching the island very carefully for the past few years, no doubt he is in for some wonderful birding..