Friday 15 July
|Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta by the score|
|Two pairs of Common Tern Sterna hirundo sharing with an Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus|
|Cormorants Phalacrocoras carbo watched over by a Common Tern Sterna hirundo|
|Mr & Mrs Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus|
|One of a few juvenile Robins Erithacus rubeula|
|Name this bird! Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat or what?|
Today saw me back at Titchfield Haven for a couple of hours and the roadside observation area produced a number of Common Terns on the boxes along with Cormorants, Coots, Mallards and Moorhens. The Canada Geese tribe, all twenty plus, were happily paddling across the back of the water and a small flock of Starlings were resting on the wires of the moored yachts in the small harbour.
|A rather tired looking Great Tit Parus Major|
Admission ticket purchased I entered the gate to the western side of the reserve as a pair of Avocets flew around overhead with the occasional drop on to the beach and even the sea itself. At the time I thought this was something special until I reached the various scrapes and discovered that there must be a resident, including breeding, population of approaching 100 individuals. In addition, my sole Little Egret was on a spit off the beach and nearby a family of five Carrion Crows also foraging away.
|One of the 50+ Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta|
|Magpie Pica pica|
|The arrival of the Dunlins Calidris alpina|
|Maybe 100 Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa present on site|
|The distant Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus over the reserve|
Canada Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Lapwing, Dunlin, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Common Tern, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Robin, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch.
|Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus|
|How is the Heron Ardea cinerea going to swallow this huge Eel?|
|Farewell to the Common Tern Sterna hirundo|