19th September 2021 St Mary’s Island – Sandpipers and Seals

A trip along to St Mary’s Island on a grey day with showers.

On the rocks, a lone seal pup was patiently waiting for its parents to return from fishing. The adults could be seen bobbing in the water near some brave sea swimmers, who were diving off the rocks.

Nearby I spotted a dead razorbill. There have been tens of thousands of seabirds washed up on the coast. No-one really knows what has happened to them (other than it’s is not bird flu), but it may be die to a bloom of algae. Whatever it is I hope it stops soon.

Overhead, wast numbers of common sandpipers were flocking to settle on the coast. Another fist for us this year.

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