A short trip to the East Pier at Newhaven proved very worthwhile as the Purple Sandpipers put on a very decent display for myself, Clare and Pete.
With time running out for the Pier we realised this could well be our last opportunity before access is stopped for the forthcoming concrete factory. What an asset to the town that will be as well as a very beautiful sight for the French people arriving via the ferry!! (NOT).
With 14 Purple Sandpipers seen and 9 Turnstone with them as well as a Kingfisher on the short walk from the car the birds certainly lifted our depression at seeing the destruction of this end of Tide Mills.
Most of the time the Sandpipers were resting up with their bills tucked away, and although they were very settled with us being there they kept a bit of an eye on us all the time.
Every now and then they would move around a little and a few times do a bit of preening and stretching.
Purple Sandpiper preening.
Keeping a beady eye open.
Purple Sandpiper having a stretch.
Purple Sandpiper chirping at a nearby Turnstone.