Sunday 21 August
Now that the Barn Owl youngsters have fledged and settled about a mile further down the canal path at Titchfield, I thought I would take a morning walk to check suitable habitats in readiness for an early evening visit tonight when the birds might just be up and about and waiting for their photos to be taken. How wrong I was. Upon arriving I found I was in the middle of some large-entry road race between Southampton and Fareham and using the canal-side path as part of the course. Hundreds of participants, so the site of an occasional dog walker was a blessing!
Back at the car 90 minutes later having a covered over two miles, my sum total of species was a magnificent 14! Pick of the day probably the passing male Kestrel but also lovely to see a couple of cock Pheasants and not just a quartet of Barn Swallows but in excess of 30 House Martins feeding low over the meadow. Also about very many Wood Pigeons plus a couple of Collared Doves along with Carrion Crow, Magpie and Jackdaw. Smaller species included Wren, Goldfinch and Blackbird plus a flock of, maybe, forty Common Starlings.
|Cock Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Pheasant, Cormorant, Kestrel, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Wren, Blackbird, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, Goldfinch.
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