BIRD MEETING 7th January 2017


18 members met on a dull morning in Bluett Avenue for a circular walk starting with a sea and shore watch. The tide was retreating, not ideal to spot birds that are on the sea. However, we did manage to pick up a pair of Red Breasted Mergansers and two Great Crested Grebes and Cormorant. Oystercatcher and a few Sanderling were on the beach as were a variety of gulls – mainly Black-headed, but also Herring Gull, Common Gull, Great Black Backed Gull and a Mediterranean Gull. In Hersey Reserve we saw a Little Egret and a Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Mallard, a Lapwing, some Snipe, Teal and a brief view of a Kingfisher. The Greenshank that has been around all winter did not put in an appearance whilst we were there but was later spotted near the hide when we took one last look from Saltern Cottages. After leaving the old Toll Road we went up Oakhill Road, past the old Wishing Well, up Nettlestone Hill and then turned left down the footpath back to our cars. Along the way we saw Shoveller, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit and Long-tailed Tit, immature Moorhen, Song Thrush and Redwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker and heard Green Woodpecker. We also saw Robin, Wren, Jay, Dunnock Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Kestrel and Buzzard. As the old camp site is now planted with vines the free flying Barnacle Geese no longer congregate there but we did spot some of the flock on a field on the other side of Nettlestone Hill. In all 50 species were identified during the course of the morning. Jackie Hart

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