Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Grand tour of Hampshire
Next I went down to Pennington Marshes where there was a fishing competition going on and one of the guys had caught quite a large Flounder. Highlights of Pennington were 4 Spotted Redshank, a Slavonian Grebe, 2 (maybe 3) Dartford Warblers in gorse near the jetty, 3 Golden Plover on the floods and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits in the high tide roost.
Next onto Barton-on-Sea where eventually pinned down 5 Purple Sandpipers feeding on rocks under the eastern cliff-top car park. Also here was a Rock Pipit.
Next over to Ibsley but there were no Bewick's Swans - just a pair of Egyptian Geese.
Next Blashford Lakes where there was not much on Ibsley Water, no Bramblings on the feeders, however a couple of Lesser Redpolls on the feeders, a Nuthatch and the drake Ferruginous Duck from Ivy Lake South Hide were good. The Ferruginous Duck was intially quite active and then it went to sleep in amongst the Pochard. I then tried for the Bittern and Great White Egret but couldn't find either.
Next over to the Rhinefield Arboretum where I was expecting to have to wait for the Hawfinches to appear but a pair were on display as soon as a I arrived. This gave me time to go over to Beaulieu Road Station but I missed the Great Grey Shrike, but some recompense came in the form of a cracking male Hen Harrier.
So ended one of the best birding days I have had for some time.