Sunday 8 October 2023

Hamble River

Sunday 8 October

Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa

A beautiful, warm and sunny day with hardly a cloud in the sky.  A mid-afternoon walk at low tide saw jenny and I walking up the Hamble River to the conservation area and back.  A good variety of birds to be seen despite the presence of many walkers.

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Lots of Black-tailed Godwits, Teal and Ringed plovers plus at least seven Little Egrets.  Shore waders included many Redshank, Dunlin and Turnstones with both a Curlew and Oystercatcher at the conservation area.  Also in this area the resting Teal along with about fifteen wintering Wigeon.

Wigeon Anas penelope

Over to the back a small resting flock of Grey Plovers and near the house at the back of the meadow Carrion Crow, Jackdaw and Magpie.  Just the one Woodpigeon but also a couple of Feral Pigeons.

Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola

Birds seen:

Wigeon, Teal, Little Egret, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Rock Dove, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling.

Redshank Tringa totanus

Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula

Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula

Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Resting Teal Anas crecca and Wigeon A.penelope

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