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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

















Two very active Peregrines, possibly tandem hunting at times, plus a single Kite, 5-6 Buzzards, two Ruffs and a Dunlin. The continuing 'drought' on the nearest North Brooks pool ensures plenty of birds in front of Westmead including Shovelers and Pintails.

Caught up with Pete and Carey plus, surprisingly, Mark.

A brief visit, early afternoon and in windy conditions was hardly ideal for passerines, with just masses of Woodpigeons and Pheasants plus ten or more Buzzards enjoying the breeze. Two single Hawfinches were in flight and perched up looking east of Monkton track. Three disturbed Roe Deer clattered down the path with one unable to make to sharp right hand bend just behind me and ending up in a heap. Three Kestrels and a couple more riadside Buzzards bringing to day's total up to 20 (ish).

Monday, 20 November 2017




An eye-watering wind at near high tide at Southmoors made things difficult but a small (8-10) flotilla of Black-necked Grebes were well out, a Great Northern Diver surfaced but vanished in the choppy water almost immediately and the two Velvet Scoters were out towards the Oysterbeds. A Rock Pipit was on the shoreline.

At Titchfield in wet and windy conditions no sightings of yesterday's Barred Warbler or indeed any passerines; Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, three Curlews (one above) and the hybrid Barnacle. Just 300 Teal on the west side.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

















Thursday saw a visit to Testwood, only my second time, with the four seemingly resident Great Egrets fishing. No Hawfinches nor Bittern for me.
Duck wise, 150 Wigeon.

Today at Blashford just PFG, 5 Goosanders and half a dozen each of Pintail and Goldeneye. The Woodland hide had two Brambling and 20+ Siskin were feeing high in Alders.

At Ivy South one distant Water Rail.

No sign of the roadside GGS at Milkham although it was apparently down at Kings Hat about that time, just a churring Dartford Warbler nearby.

Only raptors  today were two motorway Buzzards.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Non birding

A pre-Xmas shopping trip to Chi where a couple of tit flocks at both south and north end of theatre carpark included 2-3Goldcrests.
Back at base a reasonably showy Cetti's, the first Water Rail of the winter calling and 18 Shoveler.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Rather close Sprawk!






















The drive over to TH produced two thermalling Buzzards over Mays Lane by the Stubbington 30 sign. Apparently there were 25+ Eider offshore just beforw I arrived but I think they'd probably headed off to Brownwich as they typically do. Percy the Pochard was back in the harbour.

On the eastside this Grey Wagtail was fairly obliging; no Marsh Harrier for me today and just one very distant Kingfisher, 30+ BTGs, four Curlew feeding in the meadow plus the usual Buzzards and Kestrels. A Sparrowhawk (f or juv) was hunting and flushing Snipe.

On the west side not much other than Teal; the effect of the previous week's work on the scrapes was keeping the birds away. A Cettis showed well.

As it warmed up a few Common Darters came out  on the boardwalk to warm up along with a very fresh Red Admiral, Helophilus pendulus and a few wasps on ivy.

The male Sparrowhawk above was pointed out to me; it seemed bright eyed and its wings were held in place but definitely gave the impression of  having had an 'incident' being within 15ft for over an hour at least. However, it did eventually fly off just as I was showing it to a family so hopefully it was OK.

Friday, 10 November 2017

PHP, BP and FM carpark






































Photos from Wednesday.

Today, greeted by a Sparrowhawk slipping downwind and away SE unlike Wednesday's which went off like an Exocet through the gardens.

Two or three Buzzards over whilst having an early lunch.

The Goosanders weren't playing ball today mostly sleeping in the shade of the island with a couple of Tufted Ducks and a male Pochard.

Small bird wise just one Chiffchaff and several argumentative Goldcrests in the bushes adjacent to the 'insect patch'.

Back to the water where one Little Grebe, a substantial drop in Cormorant numbers from Wednesday's 54+ to ten or so but an increase in Common Gulls to 50+.

Insect wise still Common Darter and Red Admiral.

A quick stop at the FM carpark produced 40+ Avocet mostly roosting.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017






















Yesterday, a distant Kingfisher  (above) from Suffern Hide (and two others chasing each other upstream). Sadly pretty much nothing else bar one Barnacle Goose, two Curlews, heard Beardies/Water Rail/Cettis/single Chiffchaff.
Patches of sunlit  Ivy had Eristalis pertinax, Episyrphus balteatus and honey bees; still several Red Admirals and Common Darters.

West side closed for a weeks maintenance.

Back home Shovelers up to fourteen and heard Cettis.

Today 20 or so Cormorants and a decent sized tit flock (3 species) plus four Goldcrests one of which came in close in response to pishing.