Saturday, November 17, 2007

West Pier

Work commitments prevented much birding today but I did manage to nip down to Whitby mid-afternoon.

A Purple Sandpiper was lurking under the West Pier. At first the Common Scoter proved elusive with 2 duck inshore and 24 in the bay but then those in the bay flew off east. However, as I was leaving, way off in the distance, 250 milled around vaguely heading west and these were followed by about another 100 a little later.

3 Red-throated Diver, 1 drake Eider, c15 Shag, 10 Cormorant, Turnstone, Redshank, Black-headed Gull c500 in the roost, Herring Gull and Geeb plus a Starling or ten were the supporting cast.

In the failing light these three Homo sapiens (unwise I would have thought, nevermind) appeared to be attempting to roost just offshore.

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