Behind the Dunlin are more winter visitors -- Turnstones, which may have arrived from Canada or Greenland. Around 64,000 are estimated to over-winter on British shores.
Dwarfing them all is a Black-headed Gull; 200,000 breed in Britain but at this time of year visitors from Northern Europe swell their number to 3,000,000.
Source; RSPB Handbook of British Birds, 1st edition 2002.
West Wales Cottages
My thanks (and those of 36 other Ramblers) to Brenda for leading this walk from the Mid Sussex Ramblers' programme. Winter is a great time to be on the seashore to see these sights before the birds fly north again.
This 7.5 miles walk started from Highdown on the Downs north-west of Worthing and some more pictures from the walk follow.
Mid Sussex Ramblers on the Earthworks with Arundel castle in the distance.
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Thanks Brenda, for a great walk.