A quick visit early this afternoon revealed the presence of two Ruff, which was a pleasing find. These were the first since a flock was briefly present on the day the Cranes arrived. These two were busy feeding when I found them, but they didn't stick around long and were clearly keen to crack on and reach their breeding grounds, presumably in Scandinavia. Large numbers of swifts, swallows and martins were again feeding over North Screed in the drizzly conditions. House Martins numbered ca 80, whilst a similar number of Sand Martins and lesser numbers of Swallows and Swifts were present. Mostly they were feeding low over the water, but many were perched up on the fences.
A pair of Shoveler remain in residence, whilst earlier in the week a single Black-tailed Godwit was present on Monday/Tuesday (14th/15th).