21 Feb 20

The Bill

It was back down to the Bill this afternoon and this time I managed to find the Purple Sandpipers feeding to the east of the Obelisk. For some reason there was a lone bird some 50 metres away from the main flock of 11 birds. Odd!!

Also along here were 5 Oystercatchers and several Rock Pipits. Out to sea a few Razorbills, Guillemots and Gannets.

In the fields close to the Obs was a Skylark singing in the grass. Well it was very windy.

Here are a few images and videos from today:

Ten of the 11 Purple Sandpipers that came into land as I approached the Obelisk. A twelfth bird was keeping its distance from this main flock.

Coming into land..

Here 3 of the Purple Sandpipers are feeding in amongst the seaweed.

And another 3 take a break.

Some of these rocks are pretty slippery and they........

.........certainly live close to the edge as you can tell by this sequence of images as a.......

...........wave swamps the rock they were on.

The sheer force of the wave has forced the nearest bird off the rock.

Wave gone and back on the rock to continue feeding.

Dodging the waves

Living on the edge

And bath time

There were a few Oystercatchers about today. An interesting fact I heard the other day is that Oystercatchers can change the shape of their beaks to suit the food they eat. More Here

In the field next to the Obs was this Meadow Pipit. And as comparison.......

.........here is a Skylark.

It even managed to sing a couple of times, from the comfort of the ground. Well it was pretty windy.

Birds Recorded
: Gannet, Cormorant, Shag, 5 Oystercatcher, 12 Purple Sandpiper, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Razorbill, Guillemot, Wood Pigeon, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Raven, Starling, House Sparrow and Chaffinch

On this day..........
Today's Sightings Here.

Today's Sightings Here.