Friday 4 November 2016

Purple Sands

Too dark for photos of the first three returning Purple Sandpipers late this afternoon, so I took a photo of Maer Rocks instead. Maer Rocks is now a well established wintering site for Purple Sandpipers with up to a dozen present mid-winter. They are often subject to disturbance here and when the tide is in they move to inaccessible roost sites on Straight Point. It's always good to see them back. Additionally there were at least 3 Turnstones on the rocks and a sizeable flock of Common Scoter was present, over towards Langstone Rock, totalling at least 80 birds.
The only other news is of a Firecrest in scrub in the Bristol Schools field on Tuesday the 2nd and Nick witnessed the first Woodpigeon movement on Orcombe on the 3rd and found Orcombe's 4th Yellow-browed Warbler.

Beautiful skies tonight but the light's not great for birding. Two duck hunters that flushed hundreds of Wigeon as they trudged out to satisfy their blood lust didn't help matters either.

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