Monday 4 April
The overnight and early morning rain had ceased by just after nine so able to drive up to the far end of the village and take an hour's return walk down Workmen's Lane, Warsash to the shore and back. Cloudy and damp but dry with the occasional drops falling from the avenue of trees. Almost immediately a Song Thrush atop the first large tree and then regular sightings and calls of the many Great Tits in the area. A Magpie feeding in the neighbouring field and ere long more to be seen. Carrion Crow was an obvious sighting but then a small party of seven Starlings flew over the road. In the same way, no shortage of Wood Pigeons and even regular appearances from the local Blackbirds.
Continuing on down to the end of the lane the occasional Black-headed Gull either on the fields or in the air above plus more and more Blue Tits. Both Robin and Dunnock were added when I stopped to check the lower end of the horse field and on the far side a couple of Canada Geese. At the far end of the lane as I reached the shore the small pond on the left just inside the caravan park held a pair of resting Gadwall.
|Oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus with the lone Redshank Tringa totanus|
With the tide more than half-way in the three score plus Brent Geese had been pushed nearer the shore where they were joined by 21 Oystercatchers and a single Redshank. In addition the few Black-headed Gulls I also found a couple of Herring and a singe Great Black-backed Gull on the stony isle just off shore. Working my way back up the lane to the car I first encountered a Collared Dove near the above pond and at the very top a couple of Chaffinches. Away in the distance on the field between lane and shore I also found another eight Canada Geese giving a total of 20 species for the short walk of just over 3kms.
|Brent Geese Branta bernicla and Oystercatchers H.ostralegus|
Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch.