Tuesday, 21 March 2023

Hayling Island & Farlington Marshes

 Tuesday 21 March

The Mixed Black-headed Larus ridibunus and Mediterranean Gull Larus melancocephalus breeding colony

The forecast suggested very early morning shower followed by more showers later in the morning.  Therefore, awake early and out of the house just after 7 to visit Hayling Island and catch the incoming tide.  Dull and cloudy for my time at Hayling Island but starting in the car park with scores of Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank, Dunlin and Black-headed Gulls I made my way to the "Billy Line" and on down to the neighbouring old oysterbeds.

Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa

The initial walk provided me with a number of Woodpigeon, Carrion Crows and Magpie plus a male Blackbird  on the bank of the first pond to my left. On the oysterbeds themselves I soon noted numerous Brent Geese along with  few Shelduck, Curlew and Dunlin. As I left the old railway track to take the narrow path a couple of Chiffchaff, Greenfinch and Blue Tit were observed. Ere long I also added both Oystercatcher and a couple of Grey Plover.

Black-headed Gulls Larus ridibundus

The loud noise of the hundreds of Black-headed and Mediterranean Gulls on the breeding colony was heard well before reaching the site where, I estimate, there must have been at least 300 of the former and certainly more than 50 of the latter, albeit it was too cold to stop and make a more definitive count. Whereas the Black-headed birds seemed to be spread far and wide, the group of Mediterranean Gulls concentrated on one particular area at the north of the breeding site.

Mediterranean Gulls Larus melancocephalus

But not just the gulls.  A Cormorant had overflown me and was now fishing in the waters to the left of the colony and within a few metres a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers were drifting along.  Shame not better weather to throw more light on the birds.  And on the opposite side of the colony I was also to find a pair of Little Grebe.  meanwhile, immediately behind me, I turned to find a Song Thrush perched on the top of one of the bramble bushes.  Leaving the colony behind me I ventured out to the sea wall to scan the main harbour and eventually found the long-staying Long-tailed Duck amidst the choppy, dull water with a mixture of resting and diving for food.

Male Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

back at the car and changing out of my walking boots a short, sharp shower arrived but I was already sitting in he car so no problem.  However, with it being only 9.15 and looking a little brighter, I mad the decision to stop at nearby Farlington Marshes (on the other side of the harbour) on the way home and a very profitable 90 minutes it turned out to be in the ever improving weather and much brighter then forecast.

The tide was now almost in but a few Brent Geese, Carrion Crows and an Oystercatcher were below me as I parked the car to walk straight to the closed Visitors CentreWoodpigeons, Magpie and Black-headed Gulls were added to the new list of species seen on the day.  Once at the Visitors Centre I was able to check the river on the opposite side having first recorded a number of Moorhen, Little Egret and a cock Pheasant of the motorway side of the track.

Cock Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

The lagoon in front of me held a pair of Mute Swans along with a number of both Mallard and Teal

Mute Swans Cygnus olor with Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa

Eight Black-tailed Godwits and a single Redshank were resting at the right-hand side and a Pied Wagtail seemed to demand attention as it flitted around the area.  Also present a number of Coot plus more Moorhens along with a pair of Little Grebe before I found the quartet of Gadwall. But more noticeable was the quintet of Avocet.

Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta

With the main track not looking too bad I decided to continue up to the sea wall before returning to the car.  Reaching the first bend having noted the Blackbird in the way, I stopped to admire the Meadow Pipit that landed close to me on the field to my right and then, on the opposite side, not only many more Brent but also a score of Canada Geese. Flying around to my right a number of Lapwing and many more Canada Geese were noted.

Brent Geese Branta bernicla

At the back of the next field I found a very large number of resting Shelduck whist to my left the field held many resting/feeding Black-headed but with also at least a score of Mediterranean Gulls. With more time to check these gulls I also noted the few Lapwing and Curlew that were feeding amongst them.  Overhead a male Kestrel hovered and  lone Heron flew across the field to the back.

Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis

So back to the car park but then decided to walk along the sea wall to the mirador so checking both the bushes and the fields and rivers to my right.  A Robin and a pair of Greenfinches were quickly added and many more Brent Geese recorded.  On the river I then counted a further 25 Avocets plus more Teal, a second Little Egret and more Carrion Crows and Woodpigeon.  Before turning for the return walk to the car park, a pair of Meadow Pipits flew out to the harbour and back with one alighting on the bush below me to give a good photo opportunity. And so this last minute additional walk added a total of 31 species with Avocets the special bird at this site. Home just after 11 in time for a shower before lunch and the afternoon's dance and a final total of 40 species for the morning. Most enjoyable.

Distant Greenfinch Carduelis chloris

Birds seen:

Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Long-tailed Duck, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Lapwing, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, Greenfinch.

Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

Song Thrush Turdus philomelos

Gull colony with Mediterranean Gulls Larus melancocephalus at the very far end

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El Fondo with Dave Eliott-Binns

 Tuesday 21 March

That's the ne thing about Alicante Airport.  No matter whether you approach from north or south it's always a good excuse to pop into the El Fondo reserve at relatively nearby Elche to check out the bird life.  I seemed to be doing it on an almost weekly basis last October when moving bits and pieces from Malaga to son in Valencia.  You can always guarantee Red-knobbed Coot and Purple (Western) Swamphens along with, usually, Glossy Ibis.  Shame, however, to miss out on the resident Marbled Ducks.

El Fondo: Monday 20th March

I had to pick up Gilly from Alicante and I thought it would be extremely rude not to pop into the El Fondo bird reserve on the way!  I left home and headed north on the A7/E15.  I came off at junction 526, the turning for Crevillent Estacion.  En route to the reserve's Information Centre I saw Collared Dove, House Sparrow and Hoopoe.

Red-knobbed Coot (PHOTO: David Elliott-Binns)

As it had been a two hour drive, I parked up in the car park facing the large shallow pool to have a coffee and sandwich. Through the gap in the palm trees I could see a pair of Glossy Ibis and a number of Greater Flamingos further away.  Suitably refreshed I walked the 10 or so metres to the side of this pool.  Due to a strained neck and lower back pain I only took my binoculars and the small camera.  On the water feeding amongst the shrubs I observed an Avocet, Black-winged Stilts, Coots and Moorhens.  I spotted the first of a number of Western Swamphens.  I also saw Cetti's and Sardinian Warblers.
I moved round to the Information Centre where they have an observation point from the covered picnic area.  I added Red-knobbed Coot and Mallard, but there were no Marbled Teal.  I checked out the original pool from this different angle.  There were at least 5 Western Swamphens on show.  A male Blackcap was flitting amongst the shrubs.

Western Swamphen (PHOTO: David Elliott-Binns)

When I arrived  there were two coaches in the car park.  There were about four groups of students being shown around, some even had binoculars!  I overtook the first group on the walkway, but managed to get views of Blac-necked Grebe and Little Egret.  Nearing the end of the walkway I observed a Red-knobbed Coot not 3 metres away from me.  It was not fazed at all and passed under the walkway.
Overtaking the next group, I got to the first hide.  Here I added Red-crested and Common Pochard. Moving to the final hide, I was on my own so spent some time there.  I saw Shelduck and Little Grebe. A first spring Yellow Wagtail walked along the small mud beach below me.  In the distance I saw a Marsh Harrier.  Hearing approaching voices I made my exit.  On the way back by the same route I saw more of the same plus Black-headed Gull and Crested Lark.  In my absence a large flock of Glossy Ibis had landed on the first shallow pool.

Glossy Ibis (PHOTO: David Elliott-Binns)

Over the two hours I was there I logged 26 species.  Amazingly there were no Swallows, Martins or Swifts.  The only migrant was the Yellow Wagtail.

Newly-arrived (Iberian) Yellow Wagtail (PHOTO: David Elliott-Binns)

Black-winged Stilt (PHOTO: David Elliott-Binns)

Glossy Ibis flock (PHOTO: David Elliott-Binns)

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Sunday, 19 March 2023

Hook with Warsash Nature Reserve

 Sunday 19 March

A lovely sunny start to the morning and time to be out of the house rather than tying bird reports!  Accompanied by Jenny we drove to the top of Workmans Lane to park the car then set off down said lane to the shore.  Whilst I continued the whole way back to Warsash and then home, Jenny took the path from the shore back up Cowes Lane to collect the car.  She would probably have been pleased to miss the additional birds but back in the car to avoid the arriving more cloudy and cooler morning!

Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus

No sooner had we started down the lane than we quickly added Robin, Dunnock, many Great Tits, Blackbird and Carrion Crow to the list.  Approaching the large field on the right we found  quintet of resting Curlew along with a single Roe Deer.  Crossing the lane to check the horse fields we then added a Magpie and a pair of Herring Gulls before finding a trio of resting Roe Deer which appeared to be youngsters until one stood and, presumably, all were simply taking a knap whilst the sun was shining. Woodpigeons abounded along with all the Carrion Crows and reaching the entrance to the horse fields we had another Blackbird as well as a passing Song Thrush.  A short walk into the fields produced both a Kestrel and Greenfinches before restarting our walk.

Male Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Having noted more Great Tits on the local feeder we spent some time watching Magpies to our right whilst unsuccessfully trying to located the noted Little Owl. However, we did find the pair of Jay. A couple of Chaffinches were also foraging in the area and moving on we quickly added both Chiffchaff and Pied Wagtail.

Jay Garrulus glandarius

At the end of the lane we discovered that the tide was once more just about fully in following immediately after the first of the double tide feature of Southampton Water. A Moorhen and a pair of Mallard were on the small pond on our left but nothing apart from a single Brent Goose on the open water.  On the other hand, the hedge to our right held both a Blue Tit and lonely Goldfinch.

Son on tot he shore walk and nothing to add before Jenny took the path towards Cowes Lane.   A Little Egret arrived nearby at the same time and then I made my way towards the Meandering Pool where I found a small number of Teal along with a single Shoveler. At the back of the water a flock of approximately forty Starlings were working the hedges.

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Arriving at the Scrape I found a Canada Goose, pair of Oystercatchers and a handful of sleeping Curlew at the back of the reedbed as a Coot moved out into the channel.  Once in sight of the open water, I added the resident pair of Mute Swans, along with a pair of Gadwall, more Teal and Wigeon plus four Shelduck.  A pair of Little Grebes were diving for food and even a one Redshank was noted on the far bank.  However, the sight of a single, male, Tufted Duck was most unusual for this water.  Nearby, one of three Linnets came to rest and then a Wren put in an appearance below me.  

Wren Troglodytes troglodytes

So, leaving the many Black-headed Gulls behind I moved off and headed towards the Spit. With the water at high tide most of the birds had moved away but there was still a good number of Black-headed Gulls to be seen along with both a single Redshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa

Nothing else to report until back at the School of Navigation pier where I found a pair of resting Herring Gulls and a couple of Rock Doves. In the trees below Strawberry Field a pair of Collaerd Doves were taking a rest and from there to home it was simply a case of another handful of Black-headed Gulls. So ended a most pleasant walk and without the need for a heavy coat.

Herring Gulls Larus argentatus

Birds seen:

Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Rock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jay, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet.

Redshank Tringa totanus

Robin Erathicus rubecula

Linnet Carduelis cannabina

Canada Goose Branta canadensis with Oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus and Curlew Numenius arquata

Three more Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus

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Blashford Lakes and Eyeworth Pond

Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata

 Saturday 18 March

With morning's visit to the Durhill area of Burley completed before one o'clock in seemed sensible o travel on to nearby Blashford Lakes whilst ion the area. The weather was holding up and whist not sunny there was still good light and in the event of rain the site held a number of hides to offer some comfort.  Also an enjoyable place to have my picnic lunch whilst checking out Ibsley Water form the Tern Hide. Approaching the hide I had already encountered Woodpigeon, Magpie, Carrion Crow and Blackbird.  However, the water was rather disappointing with very little bird life at the hide end so necessitating the need to make us of the scope for checking the birds but very little opportunity to take any photographs. The relatively nearer birds were all either Tufted Ducks or Coots plus a pair of Black-headed Gulls resting immediately in front-of the hide.

Black-headed Gulls Larus ridibundus

However, off to my right tucked up against the water's edge  there were the occasional mallard and Wigeon in addition to the Coots and Tufted Ducks.  And then, on a small gravel "island" a metre or so off the shore, I found my first three Little Ringed Plovers of the year.

Newly-arrived Little Ringed Plovers Chardrius dubius

Meanwhile, time to discover what birdlife was at the very back of the water in addition to the three magpies foraging on the grass behind.  Scores of Black-headed Gulls plus a few Herring and even a couple of Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  The shingle islands also held resting Cormorants, a score of Black-tailed Godwits and a handful of Lapwing.  After finding a number of Wigeon most of the ducks were Shovelers but also a pair of Common Pochard.  And above the trees at the back I watched over thirty Rooks moving from right to left before a single Buzzard circled above.  Slightly nearer to me I also, eventually, found a four Great Crested Grebes.

Time to move over to the main reserve to check out the woods and Ivy Lake.  Ivy North Hide produced a single Mute Swan plus many more Wigeon along with some Teal and few Cormorants.  Whereas the walk through the trees to the Woodland Hide was quiet.  In the hide itself I recorded  both Robin and Dunnock along with a Blackbird and probably a dozen Chaffinches.  All very quiet compared with previous visits and no more than about a dozen Great and even fewer Blue Tits.  

Dunnock Prunella modularis

Nothing different to add once in Ivy South Hide other than mainly Black-headed Gulls and a few Cormorants and the walk back to the car park revealed a number of Chiffchaff.  leaving the site to head over to Fritham I had another Blackbird and over a score of Jackdaw.  But my departure also coincided with darkening clouds and the first hint of the rain to come!

Male Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs

A quick stop at Cadnam Pool produced a dozen Canada Geese but no Mandarin Ducks.  So on through Fritham to Eyeworth Pool noting Pied Wagtails, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon and a pair of Collared Doves as I drew near in the light rain.  But then as I passed the end of the eater I stopped to look at the "strange" Mallards on the water to only realise they were a trio of Mandarin Ducks dressed in their very best.  The local Mallards themselves were towards the other end of the pool.

Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata

Parking up facing the water at the "feeding stage" it was now quite wet with heavy rain but still the Blue and Great Tits came down to feed along with many Chaffinches and, eventually, both Robin and Dunnock.  Finally, the rain stopped and the Mandarin Ducks had made it this end of the water so time to exit the car and take some photographs, also noting the arrival of a trio of House Sparrows.

Blue Tits Parus caeruleus

Upon departure, my final intention had been to drive on over to Acres Down, part of Emery Down, to see if I could locate the reported Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.  It was already getting late and the light beginning to fade but reaching the A31 it was necessary to bear left onto the dual carriageway and stay on the road until the start of the M27 before doubling back.  No sense really given the time involved so carried on home arriving just after 5pm to discover that my Welsh rugby team had lost yet again.  Thank goodness Newport managed an away football victory but looking sad for Southampton who only managed to grasp a draw with what seemed like the last kick of the game.  But that's another story as they say.

Birds seen:

Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Mandarin Duck, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Buzzard, Coot, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Pied Wagtail,  Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch.

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The New Forest with the Hampshire Ornithological Society

 Saturday 18 March

Meeting at Durhill car park just outside Burley in the New Forest we dozen members of the Hampshire Ornithological Society (HOS) set off on a three mile circuit of the moorland but also taking in some pine enclosures. Following continuous overnight rain it was dull and damp as we crossed the main road to start our tour under the leadership of Tina and Brian Vaughan.  Whilst it remained dry and eventually quite sunny and war, there was one short period of a heavy shower but, fortunately we just happened be under cover of the pine trees at the time.  As we waited for the off, those already present had managed to record Robin, Great Tit and Wren.

No sooner amongst the heather and gorse we were soon recording numerous Stonechats, eventually ending up with a tally of no less than fifteen.  Early recordings also included Dunnock and Meadow Pipit plus a pair of Goldfinches flying low over the ground. A pond in front of us held a short-visiting Mallard and then the Sky Lark was up in the sky serenading us with its beautiful and melodious song. However, the real excitement was when we all watched the magnificent Goshawk flying relatively close over us and, at that point, nobody had a camera to hand!

Continuing up and down dale we were soon recording at least three displaying Wood Lark and a somewhat surprising sight of a Siskin well away from the trees amongst the gorse.  Woodpigeons and Carrion Crows passed over and then a Meadow Pipit right in front of us.  Continuing on we stopped to watch a distant Red Kite and  few of the party also found a couple of Long-tailed Tits in the trees below. At this point a line Heron flew across and on the other side of the valley we could hear, and then briefly see, a pair of Canada Geese.

Red Kite Milvus milvus

having continued to see Stonechats at regular intervals we eventually reached the designated pine trees and, as expected, found many Goldcrest plus Coal Tits, a couple of Tree-creepers and both Robin and Chaffinches - but none of the hoped for Crossbill. A couple of Mistle Thrushes were in full voice as we made our way out to the accompanying call of a Green Woodpecker and, for a very short period, into the diminishing light rain following a very heavy shower.

Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus

No sooner back on our way and recording more Stonechats than we disturbed a couple of resting Red-legged Partridges at the side of the path. An isolated tree to our left held a Blackbird near its canopy and in front a second Red Kite of the morning. Working our way away from the flooded paths and up to the higher ground we could hear relatively close Pheasants and our leader also heard a Lapwing whilst we recoded a couple of foraging Blue Tits.  A Song Thrush was also seen by a few and then, circling above the trees atop the hill, a distant Buzzard.

Buzzard Butio butio

And so ended our little tour in lovely surroundings, in the end very pleasant weather conditions and excellent company well led by Tina.  Whilst the others decided whether to return home or find a local refreshment stop, I took my leave and headed over to nearby Blashford Lakes, just a few miles norfh of Ringwood, to continue birding whilst already in the New Forest.

Birds seen:

Canada Goose, Mallard, Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, Heron, Red Kite, Goshawk, Buzzard,  Lapwing, Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Wood Lark, Sky Lark, Meadow Pipit, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Tree-creeper, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin

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Friday, 17 March 2023

Warsash Shore and Southampton Water

 Friday 17 March

Lovey four hours birding with Richard Osman along Warsash shore down to the Spit and then on to both the Scrape and Meandering Pool before returning.  Dull and cloudy with light rains we started then took shelter opposite the Wine bar for ten minutes as the heavens opened. Eased off so continued on our way with the cloud breaking and some beautiful sunshine.  Indeed, glad to be get back so we could remove some outer layers to cool off!

Once past the harbour slipway the first of very many Brent Geese along with a pair of Herring GullsOystercatcher and Black-headed GullsWoodpigeons, Carrion Crows and Magpie all in the air around us and ere long we were looking at our first Redshanks of the morning. A Robin put in an appearance on the footpath alongside Strawberry Fields and then the site of a magnificent Curlew and a quartet of Black-tailed Godwits.   A single Turnstone  before finding the first of the Wigeon and then the first Little Egret of the morning.

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

A Moorhen was hiding in the vegetation below the School of Navigation and the small pond just inside their perimeter fence produce both Greenshank and Redshank.  Both conveniently posed for a direct comparison but poor photo as the camera decided it wanted to concentrate of focusing on the fence posts rather the birds!!!

Greenshank Tringa nebularia (left) with Redshank Tringa totanus

Moving on round towards the Spit we had a pair of Great Black-backed Gulls and a large feeding flock of Dunlin.  Alongside the Dunlin were a number of both Ringed and Grey Plovers plus a few more Oystercatchers and couple of Curlew.  Naturally, there was a continuous supply of Brent Geese. Then, approaching the Spit at the very last small pool of open water, not only another Little Egret but Richard spotted the small bird that dashed into the reeds from the neighbouring trees towards the sea.  Almost immediately the bird and its partner were up and down above the reeds for a few minutes before eventually disappearing, but not before being identified as a couple of Bearded Tits.  Fist time I have seen them here but the extensive reedbed is surely a favoured nesting site given that they are resident in the near area.  Also at the back of the reeds a foraging Moorhen.

The reedbed next to the Little Egret into which the Bearded Tits flew

On along the shore to the Scrape but stopping to admire the couple of Sky Larks that were singing their praises and epitomising the song of the "Ascending Lark." the return journey was to produce a third singing Sky Lark so lots of good news for the species. 

Our Sky Larks Alauda arvensis ascending and singing

Approaching the mirador seat we stopped to admire a posing Linnet and were, indeed, to find another quartet a little later on. On the water the pair of resident Mute Swans along with a pair of Little Grebe, a number of Mallard and more Wigeon.  Also sheltering on the far bank eight Shelduck and a couple of newly-arrived Canada Geese.  Near to us as we sipped our coffee, more Mallards and a number of Black-headed Gulls that were joined by a pair of Great Black-backed Gulls, possibly the pair that we had previously seen flying across the mouth of the Hamble River and on into Southampton Water.

Great Black-backed Gulls Larus marinus at the Scrape

Continuing on towards the Meandering Pool we found another pair of Linnets plus at least a handful of Stonechat and whilst Richard missed the Snipe that took off and flew round the back of the reeds next to the Scrape, we were able to locate a second individual resting in some tall grass at the edge of the Meandering Pool.  Richard was first to spot the overhead Peregrine Falcon that I missed but, fortunately for me, it put in a second appearance as we started on our return journey.  On the water itself we found more Teal along with a pair of Gadwall and another Little Egret.

Linnet Carduelis cannabina

Making our way back a Coot put in an appearance at the Scrape and at the end of the canal we came a cross a pair of Long-tailed Tits. A single Cormorant flew down Southampton Water.  Come the start of the path below Strawberry Fields, we not only found another Starling atop a large pine tree but also picked up a trio of Jackdaw moving from the same area towards the sea.  Then it was a pair of Pied Wagtails once back to the harbour and, finally, a pair of Blue Tits in the trees opposite the front gate.  Altogether, a most enjoyable morning with great birds in great company.

A lonely Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Birds seen:

Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Teal, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Peregrine Falcon, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Sky Lark, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, Linnet.

Pen and cob Mute Swans Cygnus olor

Shelduck Tadorna tadona and Wigeon Anas penelope resting at the back of the Scrape

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