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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Shopping only

Trip over to Chi for a UV filter for the new 'fast 50'.
Wet and grey with just a Lotti flock by the theatre and a charm of 25+ Goldfinches behind the cathedral.
On the way back, a handful of Avocets from the car whilst driving over the bridge and a quick stroll around the pond in the drizzle with 14 Shovelers and 15+ Cormorants roosting with the Grey Heron.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Sandwiches for lunch

Taking Mum to GP and then on to hospital for an x-ray made for a late  start - shame not to get out as today was the only decent day forecasted for this week, so off to TH. Over an early lunch two Sandwich Terns, a slightly surprising January year tick, went west.

Just 14 Pintail on the frying pan and two Marsh Harriers interacting with Buzzards Most entertainment provided by three frisky foxes with one dog chasing after a reluctant vixen whilst also chasing off a rival. Some invisible Beardies were pinging in front of Suffern.

Again another day with unsuitable wind and tide for scanning the sea.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Bit of a loose end today and, after a late start, I decided to try and add the Ring-billed Gull to the yearlist. Started at the feeders but the windows were blocked by lenses so a quick look over the fence produced a Brambling and this less-than-desirable Brown Rat. Not keen on feeder shots but I do have a soft spot for Greenfinches.

At Ivy South a brief flight view of Walter and this Goosander was close in but straight into the sun along with a second bird. Nice light but nothing came close.

At Tern Hide very few geese but I did find the Pink-foot in an incoming group of Greylags and directed others to it; Andy Johnson had located the Rbg and helped everyone onto it but it was a bugger to find even with good directions and over 40 minutes or so it came and went in the throng of gulls. The flat backed appearance was very apparent when it was clear of other birds. I found a Med Gull and a couple of YLGs. A single Buzzard was on the spit feeding on a corpse presumably; tried to digiscope it but the camera exposure was all over the place; need to get a replacement battery for V1.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Bit thin..

Pretty thin and yet again sea state made checking for ducks and grebes a bit fruitless. Spent some time with roadside Turnstones and chatted to some non-birders giving them a bit of background info on them including the 'feeding on a human corpse' story!! Plenty of the usual suspects on south scrape (but no Snipe) and just distant views of the usual raptors.

Offshore this Grey Seal was feeding and attracting gulls before swimming into the harbour and realising it was in cu-de-sac and heading back out.

From the eastside just a pair of Ravens and the first Skylark I've seen there for a while.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Mixed bag with two NfYs

At PHP the council were ripping out waterside willows  which was opening out views but looks awful and running a chipper which was incredibly noisy; no chance of hearing any passerines but I think I heard a Kingfisher calling but couldn't locate it. Few duck, with just four Shovelers and just one Pochard and a flyover Buzzard whilst having a coffee.

 The light was nice although I wasn't sure of the tides before I popped over to Nore Barn. Luckily it seemed to be an hour or so after high tide and the paths were accessible - this colour ringed Greenshank was cosied up to the regular Spot'shank and the latter at least was quite comfortable with my presence; he or she must be incredibly tolerant of birders/togs/dog walkers to keep returning. The 'warden of the marshes' was also present which didn't help and the two redshanks took a flight over to the shoreline before being flushed back to me by dogs and owners. Apparently the colour ringed Greenshank is also well known here. Nothing else here but a small group of Brent.
Sent the photo to the local Emsworth group who popped it on their website.

At Warblington the Cattle Egret was with 11 Littles amongst the cows just west of the parking bays

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

And they're off....

A quick dash over to Blashford was not quite quick enough as I missed an Ibsley Water Otter, possibly disturbed by Bob's Tuesday work party, by just minutes!! Very little on offer barring a distant Black-necked Grebe although the P-fG and R-bG were both seen by PDW later. Brambling and Walter plus a couple more Goosanders on Ivy Lake were the only note-bookable birds.

A brief stop on the way home was rewarded with a nice adult Gos displaying in the bright and breezy conditions at 1:15; my earliest new year displaying record although that may be more to do with unsuitable days in January typically. Not a single other species seen nor heard.

Back at Broadmarsh, just the still-distant Great Northern Diver and a bit of digiscoping practice; think a new battery in the V1 may be a better option than the SLR and 'fast fifty'; time will tell.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Roadside Redshank amongst boats

Logpile - insect habitat


On arrival the sea was too grey and choppy for much; a dozen or so Eiders were flying around, disturbed off the water by three jetskiers. The roosting waders, watched from the restaurant, were disturbed by a drone being used to film boating action. The Ruff was in amongst 100+ godwits from Meadow Hide and the male harrier was distant along with three Buzzards and a Kestrel. A Water Rail was squealing in the same place as lsst visit.
Surprise find of a new book about Keyhaven area by Eddie Wiseman which I purchased and which reminded me he'd shown me my first Razorbill at Farlington off the point in December '67.