Picture of Sanderling on the beach near Penzance, Jan 2012

Birding 21/01/12

Another week of dodgy weather, but still managed another couple of firsts !.  The first was a Water Pipit down on Marazion Beach, near where the river comes out. Earlier on in the week I'd seen a meadow pipit on the same spot, but the light coloured breast on the water pipit really distinguishes it.

Picture of Water Pipit on Marazion beach Cornwall Jan 2012

 

The second one taken on later in the week, was just down the coast towards Penzance, off Long Rock.  When I got there, in the distance I could just make out quite a large number of Ringed plovers and Sanderlings mixed in with the gulls.  As I got nearer they of course did a runner..  However I managed to get close enough to get this picture of one of the Sanderlings.

Picture of Sanderling on the beach near Penzance, Jan 2012