Bird Meeting at Medina Estuary on 11th February

Ten members and two prospective new members met at the Island Harbour car park for a walk from Binfield to the Folly Inn, led by Jim Baldwin. Despite a brief shower at the start of the meeting, accompanied by a chilly wind, we set off on the footpath to the Folly. However, a combination of the recent rainfall and an above average spring tide forced a rethink. During this time, we were treated to the sight of approximately 200 Brent Geese flying to the field in front of where we were stood while some sunshine enticed a singing Skylark into the sky. We retraced our steps and opted for the footpath to Newport. In the wooded area, we had a brief glimpse of a male Bullfinch and a Goldcrest. On the way back, the footpath opposite the decaying Ryde Queen was submerged by the increasing high tide resulting, unfortunately, in wet feet for those who were not wearing wellies. Overall, an enjoyable morning.

In total, 32 species were recorded despite the blustery conditions: Canada Goose, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Cormorant, Mallard, Teal, Shelduck, Moorhen, Coot, Little Egret, Redshank, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull,Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Kestrel, Peregrine, Buzzard, Skylark, Rock Pipit. Robin, Woodpigeon, Blue Tit, Wren, Goldcrest, Bullfinch, Stonechat and Long-tailed Tit.

Jim Baldwin

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