Bird meeting at St Helen’s on 17th February 2019

11 members met on a beautiful, mild morning at Latimer’s Road for a walk in the vicinity of Bembridge Harbour. Unfortunately, the tide was high at the beginning of the walk and our first port of call was the causeway to look at the old mill pond and the harbour. Mallard, Coot, Little Grebe, Brent Geese, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull and several Mediterranean Gulls were noted as well as Gadwall, Teal, Cormorant, Oystercatcher and Lapwing. We then turned back and headed to the Eastern Yar Road Bridge to check the river and passed some House Sparrows on the way. We then walked along the old railway line towards Bembridge. Amongst our sightings were two Marsh Harriers flying over the reed beds and saw Tufted Duck and two Great Crested Grebe on the pond as was a Redshank. At least 50 Canada Geese were feeding in the meadows as was a group of 20 Curlew. Cetti’s Warbler was heard calling and Skylark were singing on the wing. Back at the harbourside on distant pontoons we found some Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Turnstone. Some of our members had good views of a Rock Pipit. In all 43 species were recorded. Jackie Hart

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