Time for a bare two hours at Farlington Marshes this afternoon whilst Jenny and Chris visited an elderly friend in nearby Portsmouth. This reserve lies at the top end of Langstone Harbour almost adjacent to the nearby A27 so plenty of traffic noise as I got out of the car to start my, I am told, three mile ant-clockwise circuit. On this occasion just the single Wood Pigeon to welcome me but I did have family of Carrion Crows. The tide was almost completely out so not only mus flats but that distinctive salty smell that accompanies such occasions! There was the odd Black-headed Gull resting/foraging on the slippery shore and, indeed, they were to be seen at all times in small numbers, mainly resting but with occasional aerial movement.
|Carrion Crow Corvus corone|
|Little Egret Egretta garzetta|
Opposite this lake there was a small gully sill with water with yet another Little Egret and further away a flock of about 50 Black-tailed Godwits, a couple of Redshanks and even a Herring Gull. In front of me consistently on the move what I might describe as mini-murmurations of Starlings as they visited both hedgerow and beach. Maybe over 200 individuals and not roost time so spectacular displays to be observed.
|Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa along with a Curlew Numenius arquata|
|Redshank Tringa totanus|
|Mute Swan Cygnu solor with her three cygnets|
|Male Linnet Carduelis cannabina|
|Lapwing Vanellus vanellus|
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Mallard, Little Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Barn Swallow, Blackbird, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Linnet.
|Starlings Sturnus vulgaris by the hundreds on both bushes and shore|
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