The Glaucous Gull was on the Askernish golf course driving range this morning and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were nearby on Loch Hallan. 3 Whimbrel were on the beach as well as the first noticeable flock of waders which included 110 Ringed Plover, 58 Dunlin and 37 Sanderling. The Sanderling were all adults and I shall forward this and all subsequent Sanderling sightings to Jeroen Reneerkens who, as part of his long term study, is endeavouring to assess the consequences of this years non-breeding season after prolonged and persistent snows in Greenland
A quick response as ever from Jeroen with regards to the Sanderling sighting:
Thank you very much Ian,
This is already useful, just to see whether adults will arrive in Europe earlier than in other years, because they have not bred.
Also in "normal years" the first juveniles can not be expected in Europe before mid August, so for a useful comparison of the reproductive success of Sanderlings this year with other years we will need such counts from mid August until mid November (after mid November, adults and juveniles are difficult to distinguish). Thank you very much for giving publicity to my project on the local website, that is very much appreciated and I truly hope for many participants this and in other years!