Shoreham Fort

At Shoreham Fort this afternoon, beyond the swimmers in the inner breakwater, on the end of West Pier were 3 Purple Sandpipers, feeding low down, as close to the water as possible and often having to fly out of the way of the crashing waves. They were apparently feeding on whatever was brought in on the swell, perhaps seaweed flies. These birds are specialists of rocky shorelines next to the sea, hence their latin name, calidris maritima, meaning sandpiper of the sea. They return to this wooden jetty at Shoreham Fort every winter and are invariably accompanied by Turnstones, of which there were about 20 today. A single Rock Pipit was also spotted.

Purple Sandpipers


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