Farlington Marshes, the Cool Place to be

Some might even say cold, especially today with a stiff northerly wind, the recent dry spell with the wind has started to dry things out at last and it is possible to walk round most of the reserve without needing to wear wellingtons. There were rather few visitors, although perhaps more than I had expected, although most kept up a good pace around the reserve, so they did not stay around for long.

There was a large flock of brent geese on the  main marsh all day, although I managed to find only one colour-ringed bird and the usual adult pale-bellied brent, although I had a report of two being seen early in the morning.

lots of brent geese

lots of brent geese

Walking round in the morning it was bleak looking down the harbour, although I did see 2 slavonian grebes in Russell’s Lake from The Point.

View south down Langstone Harbour

View south down Langstone Harbour

Although I did not do well looking for colour-ringed brent geese I did rather better with the black-tailed godwits, eight near the Building included two with colour-rings, although I am not certain where there were from I suspect they were ringed locally as a lot have been caught at Farlington and nearby.

colour-ringed black-tailed godwit

colour-ringed black-tailed godwit

I did a second circuit of the reserve after lunch as the tide was falling, a female stonechat was of interest as I have not seen one on the reserve recently and I watched a buzzard hovering into the stiff north wind at the Point. By the Lake outfall a little egret was staring intently into the rocks around the sluice gates, and occasionally grabbing small prey items.

little egret

little egret

The rather poor light was actually an advantage, in sunshine the plumage is so white that it is almost impossible to get the exposure right and the bird just burns out, this was not such a problem today.

hunting little egret

hunting little egret

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