A rather grey day at Farlington Marshes, it dried up at times but the dampness in the air remained all day giving a chilly feel to what should have felt a rather mild day for early January. The reserve was fairly busy all day with lots of birdwatchers, many looking for the red-breasted goose which, unfortunately, spent most of the day on the Tangier Road refuge site on Portsea Island. There were lots of brent geese on the marsh, including the pale-bellied brent and they were joined by the red-breasted goose late in the day, by which time most of the visitors had left.
Generally the day was quiet and my somewhat optimistic hope of seeing the four more bird species I needed to reach 100 for the year was not matched by reality. I did see my first skylark, I know they are not rare, but surprisingly difficult to see on the fields in the winter. I also saw my first slavonian grebe of the year, albeit very distantly down the Harbour from the Point. Rather nearer, although still distant were single scaup and eider also from the Point. Just over the seawall at the Point there was a pair of stonechat accompanied by a Dartford warbler.
I did snap one other bit of wildlife, not a bird but a rabbit, but one that was a bit out of the ordinary.
There are a few black rabbits along the eastern side of the reserve and a few other sites along the northern side of Langstone Harbour and they seem to be increasing so the genes appear to have some slight advantage. There is also one other differently coloured rabbit on the Marsh, this one is pure white and frequents the north-east wall, it seems not to be an albino, just white furred.
Other sightings today included the fine male peregrine, a few bearded tit in the reeds near the Building and the 12 or so avocet west of the Lake viewpoint.