Those worries were easily forgotten about this week with the ROYAL TERN, and SANDWICH TERN. And to further put those worries behind me, we capped it off with a EURASIAN WHIMBREL yesterday (in Renews, no less), after re-finding the Sandwich Tern over 100km away!!
Some pics of the Sandwich Tern:
Lots of discussion about the sub-species ID of this bird are ongoing. My feeling is that it is an "American/Cabot's" Sandwich Tern - however some experts are leaning towards Eurasian. Hopefully will find time to do a proper write up of those thoughts.
Two Common Terns showing off their dark primaries of late summer :
And the Whimbrel... can you figure out which one it is:
The one on the right has a white belly, one of the features of Eurasian Whimbrel.
Thankfully Jared got this in flight show clearly showing the white rump. A great record for late July and a reminder that anything can happen despite the time of year - just gotta get out and look :)
Also saw this fish stuck in a pool at low tide - Atlantic Herring: