Meanwhile the numbers of sandwich terns were amazing, at least 50 calling and fishing in the bay. I also saw some distant manxies in the bins but I have never seen any from Barna pier before. I then photographed the resident Purple Sandpipers, Dunlin, Turnstones and some Brent Geese. I saw a swallow that had just come in from the sea flying around as well.
After an hour getting soaked while lying in the sand with a camera I left the beach at the pier and headed east along the coast to Rusheen bay. I saw a distant kestrel, a summer plumaged great -northern diver, good numbers of sand martins and a dead fulmar.
At Rusheen bay I came across a rock pipit with quite a prominent supercilium, I was thinking it could be a littoralis or scandinavian Rock pipit but would welcome any opinions on it.
|Awful record shot-Spot the little terns|
|Brent geese in the surf|
|Possible scandinavian rock pipit?|