Purple Sandpiper – Portland Bill, Dorset

After a day in the Weymouth area we headed to Portland and on our way to Portland Bill we stopped off at Chesil Cove and connected with the Black Redstart which showed really well on one of the buildings along Pebble Lane.

Then we finished by visiting Portland Bill hopeful of seeing Purple Sandpipers. There are currently just 21 Purple Sandpipers known to be wintering in Dorset with seven at Portland Bill and another 14 at the Cobb at Lyme Regis.

Once we’d parked I headed off to the very end of the Bill leaving Dad loading up his camera equipment. I managed to find the sandpipers fairly quickly on the rocks near the Pulpit and I texted Dad with rough directions and then started a sketch.

They were fairly close and down below us and so keeping them in the scope view as they scuttled about was really difficult. It was the low and flattened carriage which I particularly noticed and so I tried to capture this in the sketch. Dad managed to get some decent photos.

New year ticks here included Guillemot, Gannet, Kittiwake, Fulmar and Rock Pipit. Overall a total of 10 year ticks for the day bringing the year list up to 122.

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