Purple Sandpipers at Portishead
I took a trip to Portishead with Mark this morning, specifically to look for a particular wader which frequents the coast here in winter. We found four of them, Purple Sandpipers, on Battery Rocks over the high tide (photos above and below). It was nice to get such good views of these attractive birds. Other birds noted were nine Shelducks, three Redshanks, four Curlew, a Rock Pipit, a Meadow Pipit and c10 Knot.
Later we tried Dudbridge, Stroud, for Ring-necked Parakeets and despite hearing some calls could not locate the birds. Bonus bird of the day though was a female/immature Merlin which flew low over the M5 at junction 13 towards the A38, a welcome county year tick.