Thursday, 26 January 2012


Seafront - A first-winter iceland gull on a rapidly disappearing sandbar this evening c1705 - 1715. Also 1 sanderling. On Maer Rocks 1 purple sandpiper and at least 4 turnstone.
This is the first time in a while that I've seen purple sand on the rocks. The area is generally over-disturbed. Although the light was poor the iceland appeared smaller than herrings and typically round-headed. There was clear contrast between white-looking primaries and overall biscuit-coloured plumage so I don't think there's any 'kumliens' about it.