Thursday, 27 October 2016


On a falling tide this morning there were 22 Turnstones on College Rocks and three more with 17 Ringed Plover at Castle Point.
Helen then turned up, determined to find the first Purple Sandpiper until I broke the news that Jerry had beaten us to it.  Four Goosanders flew in from the south, settled on the sea by College Rocks for a short time, then flew off again past the point.
I had shortish view of the purp when it flew past with a Turnstone, but despite driving to the wooden jetty, during which time Helen had a Kingfisher near the pier, couldn't find it again.
Not much offshore apart from six Gannets.
Yesterday I was at New Quay on non-birding business and there were still hundreds of gulls, mostly Black-headed, well offshore with at least ten Gannets, and close inshore on the way to the fish factory were a Guillemot and a Red-throated Diver.