25th January 2015

Returning to Turnstones, to show their wonderful camouflage on Rye Harbour shingle beach, yesterday. 13 were feeding along the waters edge (see if you can spot them), where these over-wintering birds love to feed all round our coasts, revealed by dog walkers who disturbed them. I don’t have a zoom lens down here so the photo’s aren’t great but I just sat on the shingle and they returned, without fear, to feed a few feet

Thirteen Turnstones feeding along the waterline and shingle!

Thirteen Turnstones feeding along the waterline and shingle!

A dog disturbs the 13 Turnstones

A dog disturbs the 13 Turnstones- Hastings cliffs and Fairlight in the distance

away from me. I know Sheffield is not a good place for access to the coast! Although we are only 29 metres above sea level at out lowest point (the lovely Blackburn Meadows Nature Reserve) but we are nearly 60 miles from the nearest beach! However, wherever you live, if you can get to a beach this winter you are almost bound to be near some Turnstones. Whether you see them or not will depend on how well you keep your eyes peeled- feeding on shingle, or seaweed piles, they are easy to miss. Conditions: A milder day, dry and cloudy. Temperature: Max 8- Min 6C.

Gradually the Turnstones returned to feed very nearby

Gradually the Turnstones returned to feed very nearby

They find food along the waters edge, as the tide goes in or out.

They find food along the waters edge, as the tide goes in or out.

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