|Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba|
Saturday 18 December
Completing the shopping it was 11.30 with both Dunnock and Wood Pigeon in the garden when I crossed the road for a two mile return walk up the River Hamble in glorious sunshine and a clear blue sky, albeit none too warm at a lowly 8C. A Robin as I approached the river and immediately realised the bad timing as the water was within ten minutes or so of high tide. However, I hoped that this might have pushed the birds up as well, so offering clearer views and perhaps close sightings of the Grey Plovers.
|So that's where the Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola were hiding|
The occasional Black-headed Gull and a Redshank but next to nothing on the, now, shingle beach. Yes, there were well over a hundred Brent Geese, over seventy Wigeon and almost forty Teal but the birds were huddled down and resting/roosting awaiting the the tide to turn. On the other hand, lovely to see both a Rock Pipit and a Pied Wagtail as I walked the footpath. Other than the usual waders, perhaps one highlight was the sight of over hundred resting Dunlin. In end pleasing to record 26 species in a lengthy walk.
Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Teal, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Wood Pigeon, Dunnock, Rock Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow.
|Mainly Black-headed Gulls Larus ridibundus but note the Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus|
|Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus|
|Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa|
|A few of the hundred plus Brent Geese Branta bernicla|
|Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo|
|Just a few of the very many Dunlin Calidris alpina|
|Find the Lapwing Vanellus vanellus!|
|Mainly resting Redshanks Tringa totanus|
|Male Teal Anas crecca with Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa and Curlew Numenius arquata(right)|
|Wigeon Anas penelope with single Brent Goose Branta bernicla|
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