|Jay Garrulus glandarius|
|Turnstone Arianria interpres|
Given that the tide was out and still at least a coupe of hours before the turn, I paid my entry fee and took the warden's advice setting off along the eastern pathway with an initial stop at the free hide Cottage Hide.
|Hundreds of breeding Black-headed Gulls Larus ridibundus present|
|Greenfinch Carduelis chloris|
|Hen Pheasant Phasinanus colchicus|
|Common Rat Rattus norvegicus|
|Having taken water on board time for the Jay Garrulus glandarius to rest a while|
|Preening Shoveler Anas clypeata|
|Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris|
|Male Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus|
Walking back to the car the same birds were also still in the tiny harbour and so into the western side of the reserve. The Meon Shore Hide is immediately in front of the main breeding area overlooking a shallow pool and was inundated with Black-headed Gulls. Also present were a few Teal and Mallards along with a small number of feeding Black-tailed Godwits. On my left a couple of Oystercatchers added to the individual seen on the sea-shore with the herring Gull and a first Moorhen of the day.
|Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa|
|One of a small number of Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta|
All in all, a most successful and pleasant morning's birding and a total 39 species recorded.
|Male Blackbird Turdus merula showing the odd white feather|
|Dunnock Prunella modularis|
|Lapwing Vanellus vanellus|
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