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Wednesday, 7 March 2018


A pretty thin day with the heathland especially quiet.

Whilst at the hanger, a tremendously loud 'whoosh' was a very close juvenile Peregrine  overhead hammering downhill in a usual teardrop shape before landing a long way out on the edge of a puddle for a wash and brush up.
Later, it was chasing around the south brooks unsuccessfully.
Four or more Ruffs and two Golden Plovers were the best otherwise; no sign of the Temminck's for some days now - maybe the cold spell was too much for it.

Thursday - quick shopping trip to Southsea and after, 13 Purple Sandpipers at the castle a little after low tide and in a howling westerly but nothing else on show.
Locally, after last week's snow, ice and an earlier major council clearup, it was nice to hear the Cetti's calling loudly from what little cover remains. A dozen or so Goldfinches and this Cormorant, one of a few coming into nice plumage.

Male Swan at Baffin's Pond 3rd. March 2018, ringed by Trevor Codlin at Walpole Lake Gosport as a youngster, 14th Nov. 2014.

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