Wednesday 12 October 2022

Lower Hamble River, Warsash

Redshank Tringa totanus

 Wednesday 12 October

A late morning walk up the Hamble River in warm light sunshine, broken clous and a very gentle westerly breeze, noted more on the return journey, took me as far as the conservation area.  The tide was almost fully in so few birds about until I actually reached my destination at the conservation area and then able to get home before the forecasted rain arriving in the not too distant future. A I started my walk a single Little Egret and trio of Black-headed Gulls but more of both were to be seen during both the outward walk and at the conservation area.

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

The occasional Redshank and Teal before noting the first Curlew resting on what was left of the off-shore island as the tide gradually covered it.  Both Carrion Crow and the first of a few Herring Gulls before a Black-tailed Godwit passed me heading down river.  In the garden of a large house off to my right and a handful of both Carion Crows and Wood Pigeons plus a single Blackbird and Collared Dove

Herring Gull Larus argentatus

Once at the conservation area I could see the gathering of both Teal and many Redshank.  Just a few Wigeon but also a trio of Greenshank and no less then seven Heron and another six Little Egret. A single Shelduck was resting before departing down stream and even a lone Curlew noted at the back. On the return journey I found the trio of Magpies in one of the large gardens now on my left.

Mainly resting Redshank Tringa totanus

Birds seen:

Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Little Egret, Heron, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, Collared Dove, Magpie, Carrion Crow

Carrion Crow Corvus corone

Resting Herons Ardea cinerea with two Little Egrets Egretta garzeta

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