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Purple on the rocks

  I have the real pleasure of writing my first blog post of 2022 about a trip to Battery Point, Portishead, Bristol to photograph Purple Sandpipers (Calidris Maritima). As many of my readers will know I love waders probably above all bird species and so when I had the opportunity to get some pictures with my good friend Paul Joy of this rare, specially protected and very confiding wader species that winters in the UK coastland I was really excited. Up until this point I had never seen a Purple Sandpiper. They are small waders, bigger than a Dunlin but slightly smaller and less robust than a Turnstone.  They migrate to the UK in the winter from as far away places as Canada, Greenland, Svalbard, Fennoscandia and Russia. They then spend their time along the coasts roosting and feeding on various rocky outcrops. They have a preference for rocks covered with seaweeds where they forage for insects, molluscs and crustaceans. They get their names because of a Purple sheen that can be seen in t

RSPB Garden Birdwatch

I've been taking part in the RSPB Garden Birdwatch this weekend.
Its been a cloudy wet day with out a break in the clouds.

My garden feeders were busiest at day break and then there has been a few bursts of visitors but not a great deal of activity.

Even though its been relatively quiet I did get graced with a variety of species ( the numbers shown are for the most number of that species seen at any one time today)-


  • Starling (10)
  • House Sparrows (7)
  • Blue Tit (3)
  • Great Tit (2)
  • Coal Tit (2)
  • Black Bird (2)
  • Wren (1)
  • Black Cap (1)
  • Magpie (1)
  • Robin (1)
No Long Tailed Tits or Goldfinches but most of my visitors were regulars.

The Wren has been making an appearance more frequently.





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