If there is one good thing you can say about July here it’s that it is virtually over….too hot, too humid and too few birds. And despite that we had a pretty good start to the week. Monday I picked up Nissim for a late afternoon trip around KM20 before heading down to North Beach. The number of migrant waders at KM20 is growing rapidly with nearly 100 Ruffs today, big group of Wood Sandpipers, Little Stints everywhere, a Curlew Sandpiper, salt and pepper coloured White-winged Terns and even a group of early Pelicans dropped in. But it was North Beach with it’s dwindling numbers and variety that brought some action. Arctic Terns are a fairly rare visitor to these shores so it was nice to have an adult bird in fresh summer dress come meandering across in front of us while we still had some sunshine. 20 minutes later after the sun had dipped below the mountains a juvenile bird arrived from the south bringing up the rear of a group of Common Terns. It was a little unusual looking but probably only because of an arrested moult. This weekend the Bridled Terns had returned and even a couple of Baltic Gulls arrived. Shortly the passerine migration will begin in earnest…bring on autumn!
Early Pelicans at Km 20