I needed to get PURPLE SANDPIPER on my year list, so with a lovely sunny morning we decided to go for a walk along the sea-front at Lyme Regis.

Once on the 'Cobb' we walked to farthest point where a man-made extension-barrier, constructed to protect the small harbour, stretches away into the bay for some 100 meters. It is here that a small group of Purple Sandpipers spend the winter, usually up 10 birds are present, today I saw 8 of them.

The 'Cobb' at Lyme Regis - provides protection for the harbour

the 'Cobb' extension where the Sandpipers can be found October to March

looking back into Lyme from the Cobb

Purple Sandpiper - photo taken from the end of the Cobb

five of the Sandpipers on the Cobb extension

Other birds seen in the area included:  Rock Pipit, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Ruddy Turstone, Great Cormorant, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull and Black-headed Gull.

panoramic view of LymeBay from the park on the hill