Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Rossall Roost

I hadn't visited Rossall Point at Fleetwood for many months so decided to have a look at the wader roost on  recent high tides.Many of the waders usually present had departed for the breeding grounds far to the north. There were however still a few stragglers left for me to amuse myself with the camera.It was the usual waders that use Rossall roost that were present being sanderling,dunlin,turnstone and ringed plover.

Mike accompanied me on my first visit.The weather had at last become more summery and we enjoyed the various comings and goings over the period of the high tide.Mike picked out a few gannets way out at sea and he was fairly sure he had also spotted a storm petrel.These were well beyond camera range  so I concentrated on the nearby waders.The pick of these being the summer plumaged sanderlings and turnstones.I visited again on my own two days later to find very few waders about.I think they would have taken advantage of the window of fine weather to begin their long journeys to the arctic breeding grounds.I did however get much closer to the birds present and grabbed a few close up shots.Again the sanderlings looked stunning in their breeding finery.

Hope you enjoy the images posted above of the waders present at Rossall Point.It will not be long before many of them return in August following what will hopefully be a good breeding season in the far north.Thanks for looking in and I will be back soon with more of Lancashire's wonderful wildlife.


  1. I could smell the sea and the shore as I scrolled through your images of these brilliant little waders.

    Wonderful Brian.

  2. Lovely photos Brian, especially like to see the waves breaking in the background

  3. Wonderful summer plumage waders Brian,I`ll have to catch up with them when they return in August.