Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Purple Sandpipers, Dunlin, Turnstones and Rock Pipits at Lyme Regis, Dorset - 12 Dec 17

Today I went looking for the Lyme Regis Purple Sandpipers in the bright early morning sunshine. I counted 8 roosting on the sunny south side and a 9th feeding out of the sunshine in the harbour.

Also on show was this confiding Rock Pipit, perched up on the railings around the boatyard. Taken from Monmouth Beach, this photo also shows the masts of the yachts hauled up into the yard and distant chalets on the slopes behind Lyme Regis Bowls Club.

8 Turnstones were unsurprising but this Dunlin feeding with them, along the frozen road out to the Cobb is, I hear, a good record for Lyme Regis at this time of the year.

Dunlin in a frozen puddle on the Cobb Access Road

4 Turnstones casting long shadows in the early morning sunshine on The Cobb

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