Tuesday 9 November 2021

Warsash with Hook Nature Reserve

Brent Goose Branta bernicla

 Monday 8 November

Time to head north to our little house in Stamford but not before a last minute check on the reported Snow Bunting on the shore just south of our new-to-be home.  Parked up at the bottom of Cowes Lane, Warsash before 7.45 and greeted by Collared Dove, Starlings and Jackdaw before the walk down to the shore.  A beautiful, clear, sunny morning with clear blue skies and no wind but, unfortunately, the low sun was direct into my eyes so took a 500 metre walk upstream to see what might be about.  Both Magpie and Carrion Crow were soon observed and soon I came across a small group of both Oystercatchers and Brent GeeseWood Pigeons were seen near to the trees at the back and then a pair of Mallard on the small pool along with the occasional passing Black-headed Gull.

Brent Goose Branta bernicla

Time to turn and retrace my steps back to the start of the beach walk and continue on until I reached Workmens Lane.  On the way more Oystercachers recorded along with the first of many Turnstone.  A Little Egret flew away from me and then a short stay from a trio of Redshank before they, too, moved southwards to be found again at the end of my outward walk.

Oystercacher Haematopus ostralegus

Once at Workmens Lane I could see at least a hundred or more Brent Geese on wither the shore or resting at sea.  In addition to the feeding Oystercatchers there was a flock of many score resting on a sandspit a little way off shore.  Feeding at the edges a small group of Curlew along with more Redshank.  Then a party of Black-tailed Godwit arrived and, in addition to the Herring Gull, a single Greater Black-backed Gull was resting close to the shore.

Greater Black-backed Gull Larus marinus with Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa

A few smaller birds were noted on the return journey with the advantage of the sun behind me including House Sparrow, a single Robin, Blackbird and very small charm of Goldfinch.  Just the hour for this visit but21 species recorded.  But all was not done!  Approaching Cowes Lane and the car I stopped to check the open field to my left and there sniffing its way across the back of the field was a Fox.  Regular stops as if had located some small morsel then back on its way again but never really breaking the low cover for a half-decent photo.

Our friend (or foe?) Reynard the Fox

Birds seen:

Brent Goose, Mallard, Little Egret, Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Greater Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Robin, Blackbird, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch.

Curlew Numenius arquata with Oystercatcher and Black-headed Gull 

Greater Black-backed Gull Larus marinus

Magpie Pica pica

Robin Erithacus rubecula

Turnstone Arenaria interpres 

Not just many feeding Oystercatchers H.ostralegus but scores resting on a shallow spit off shore

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