Respect due to Aldcliffe stalwart Guy McClelland for finding a rose coloured starling this morning, but with a little bit taken back for doing so on the Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway, and not at Aldcliffe!
I think it's the only rosy pastor in Britain at present, in an unremarkable year for them. There should be a picture of his bird here http://www.surfbirds.com/cgi-bin/gallery/display.cgi?gallery=gallery9
I could have done with some of Guy's magic on the patch today. A short afternoon visit turned up very little of interest.
Five dunlins were on the estuary near the pylons, where no Meds were to be found among the black-headed gulls.. A flock of 18 pied wagtails were on the paddocks, but I suspect they had only come from as far afield as the sewage works a few yards away.
I couldn't even locate any green sandpipers, which are usually pretty dependable given a bit of patience. I suspect they were tucked into some hidden nook in the blustery conditions.