Stag Rocks this is only species of wader that breeds,
they have even done so successfully despite the vast numbers of
tourists. However, the majority of breeding attempts seem to fail.
Small numbers can be seen at any time of year but the majority turn up
on autumn migration, numbers build up from late July and peak in the
first half of September - a typical pattern in the UK and especially
the east coast. Large numbers can be seen when nearby
estuaries freeze over (not a common event!).
It is possible the birds seen on autumn passage come from Iceland or
This species is much more numerous at the nearby Budle Bay and on the
mudflats at Lindisfarne.
The record count during the period I counted waders there is 47
individuals on 19 September 1989.
Ringed Plover, Seahouses, July 2006. Click on the image to see more
pictures of this species