|Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus|
Monday 15 August
Storms and rain forecast from this evening so a last chance to take a short birding walk up the lower Hamble River to the conservation area and back before the possibility of no birding in the coming three days plus. Warm and cloudy with a gentle breeze on the return walk as I set off in the late morning. As soon as I reached the shore with the tide about half-way in no shortage of Black-headed and a few Herring Gulls. Also working the first expose area a total of fifty Black-tailed Godwits and seven Turnstone.
|Turnstone Arenaria interpres|
Moving on past the ferry landing more gulls and the first Curlew. The mud gullies on the inland side of the path held a single Little Egret and yet more of the resident Black-headed Gulls. Ere long the first of three Carrion Crow before a flock of thirty Starling took off from my right and headed for the trees at the back of Bunny Meadow.
|Curlew Numenius aquata|
Continuing on a pair of Pied Wagtail were foraging in front of me and looking towards the river one of the grassy islands held a good-sized flock of Black-headed plus more Herring Gulls along with two sleeping Great Black-backed Gulls. Another two Curlew and then a lone Grey Plover in its most handsome plumage.
|Grey Pluver Pluvialis squatarola|
Once at the conservation area I found more Black-headed Gulls and a further fifty Black-tailed Godwits. Also present five Heron along with three more Little Egrets. Also in attendance about thirty Redshank.
|Herons Ardea cinerea with a Little Egret Egretta garzetta|
Making my way back I recorded a single Lapwing plus four Wood Pigeon in a neighbouring garden area. Finally, right at the end of the walk, a single Magpie. However, for I believe the first time, since walking this site I did not see a single Oystercatcher, whereas in the past there had always been at least two and often as many as a dozen.
|Mainly Redshank Tringa totanus|
Little Egret, Heron, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling.
|Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa|
|Sleeping Great Black-backed Gulls Larus marinus|
|Little Egret Egretta garzetta|