Thursday 16 November 2023

Purple Sands Shifting Sands

Just 2 Purple Sandpipers on Maer Rocks this evening but a relief to see any at all. Maer Rocks has been largely covered in sand, so a low tide visit is necessary, and even then, there are far fewer rocks exposed than there used to be. This makes it much more prone to disturbance. It will be interesting to see if we get more than just a couple. Here's hoping...
Otherwise this evening - a lone Sandwich Tern off Shelly Beach and a small, male Sparrowhawk hunting the apartment rooftops.
Other snippets of news - a Cetti's Warbler by the Mudbank viewing screen yesterday evening.
On the 12th - 50 Black-tailed Godwits and 50 Pintail off Mudbank and a/the Cetti's Warbler between Mudbank and West Lodge, along the railway line.

I took this photo close to low tide the other day. Not many rocks for Purple Sandpipers to feed on. The beach is far  wider and deeper here than it's been for a long time. This also means that the end of the lifeboat ramp is nowhere near the sea!

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