|Fresh water Hook Links Scrape seen from the beach
|Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Reaching the Hook Links Scrape we spent some time observing the fresh water pond which had a number of Mallard and resting Black-headed Gulls. A flock of nine Canada Geese flew over before we found the single Little Egret. To the extreme left a male Pintail, told it had been here all summer, and then to the distant, narrow island which, in addition to the resting Black-headed Gulls, held a single resting Oystercatcher and both feeding Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover. Having already found one Little Grebe on the ;eft-hand side of he water we then found the second near the above narrow island.
|Resting Black-headed Gulls Larus ridibundus plus a lone Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
Back to the Scrape and this time we had a better view of the Pintail, albeit very distant and the need of the scope, plus the arrival of a Common Tern which came to rest on one of the poles arising out of the narrow island and a single Canada Goose. It was as we left the Scrape that we had a brief but good sighting of our second Dartford Warbler followed by a Sky Lark.
|Distant record shot of Pintail Anas acuta
Our final stop just before turning inland to take the long path back to the main road was to watch the progress of the Queen Mary II as it it made its way slowly down Southampton Water past Fawley and Calshot towards the Isle of Wight. No sooner seen than a pair of Collared Doves flew over and walking the path we had Reed Warblers calling in the reeds of Hook Lake followed by a male Blackbird as neared the end of the path. Is it strange to note that no hirundines have been seen over this fresh water? A most enjoyable ninety minutes.
|Queen Mary II heading slowly down Southampton Water
Canada Goose, Mallard, Pintail, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Common Tern, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Sky Lark, Robin, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Greenfinch.
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