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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Jinxed, but sadly not Jynx'ed

Well, after yesterday's visit to a very slow Blashford and missing the TH 'rumper', today was Titchfield's turn to be overcast and (almost) birdless whereas the Blashford Bonaparte's was on show unlike yesterday!!

A coffee on arrival, watching the ever smaller flotilla of Eiders, down to six or seven and constantly harassed by large gulls.

A Cuckoo was calling strongly from near Suffern but disappeared across the river and never gave me even a glimpse.

Two Little Terns were off Rainbow Bar along with 20 ish Commons.

The odd warmer period brought out a few hovers but mostly unidentifiable Cheilosias ( a pagana above)  and Sphaerophorias plus Marmalade Fly

Nothing much from Meonshore other than a few distant Swifts and a small number of Hirundines to search through, but nothing with a pink bum!

But then a little purple patch with a distant Red Kite, a couple of Buzzards, the male Marsh Harrier and finally a cracking but distant male Hen Harrier - never seen a male here, my first HH for 18 months and my first ever male in May.

Will last spring's Wryneck (Jynx!!) sighting be repeated? Or something better?

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