Monday, 22 November 2010

Farlington Marshes (21/11/10)

On the previous day had a Green Woodpecker feeding in Mum and Dads garden.

Drove from Mum & Dads to the reserve to meet up with the NE Hants RSPB group.

The weather was quite good although it was pretty cold.

The first decent birds seen were a flock of Avocet which flew from the harbour into the main lake and a Sandwich Tern feeding in the same area. This is the first time I have seen a Sandwich Tern at this location and this late date.

We then took a gentle stroll around the reserve, and the timing was quite good as the tide was nearly in. The water levels on the main lake were really too high for many waders to appear on there - the Avocets were swimming rather than wading!

Around the reserve these were the highlights:

A couple of Buzzards over the A27 and later one sitting on the grass and fence posts on the main area reserve.
Nice selection of the user winter waders.
Lots of Red-breasted Mergansers
A few Little Egrets
Rock Pipit (175) feeding on the sea wall
A couple of Ravens which I picked up late as they left the reserve heading for the downs (my first Farlington record)

I noticed on the way around they have removed the fence that used to cross the main reserve - this is a shame because this used to be good for Wheatears/Whinchats in te autumn.

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