Whilst looking through BBi last night researching nectar drinking Starlings I came across a note or letter referring to this 'feeding on seaweed' on the Isle of Scilly circa 1970 (it must have been a very quiet Autumn that year). Now it doesn't claim to be the first recorded instance of Starlings using this feeding technique but for it to be noteworthy only 40 years ago I find surprising.
After all it seems like they all do it now. Find a beach with seaweed and your almost guaranteed to have some swaggering Stashies picking their way through it often mixed in with Turnstones and the odd Dunlin.
The other reason for this post is I just love the way the colours and textures of seaweed come out when you photograph it, so expect more birds on seaweed as I manage to pick them off. Might even have to consider a 'Birds Seen Feeding on Seaweed' List, just so it feels like proper birding.
Oh and if Brian tells you I was eating Ice Cream wearing a Kiss Me Quick hat whilst I took these don't believe a word, the Ice Cream van hadn't arrived at that point.