One of the things I like the most about my job is that there isn’t such a thing as a usual day. Every day tends to be different – on different sites doing different things, learning different things or meeting different people. Yesterday was no different. I spent the morning helping out our Marine Team with their newly gifted boat, which needed towing down to Gosport in order to be put in the water to have a few tests done to gain a certificate of seaworthiness.
It was such a calm day and perfect for running the boat through its tests. Unfortunately there was very little interesting bird life down around the slipway of Portsmouth harbour. A few Black-headed gulls but that was it. So after a spot of lunch and taking the boat back to our headquarters I headed to Farlington to look at a few jobs. Being such a bright day there were plenty of people walking around the reserve, taking in the good weather and the plentiful supply of high tide roosting birds. Looking out over the deeps there were good numbers of waterfowl but also great numbers of Dunlin. In amongst them were surprising amounts of Ringed plover. I counted 92 concentrated in one area on the tightly Wigeon grazed grassland.
Out on Bakers island a Peregrine was sat on a post, keeping a close eye on the small bird roosts no doubt. Out in the stretch of water between Farlington and Bakers Island were 2 Red-brested merganser, 6 Great crested grebe and 2 Goldeneye kept the Drake Velvet scoter company.
However my day didn’t end when the light faded at Farlington. In the evening the Trust was invited to the Hampshire Ornithological Society’s launch of their new Bird Atlas. It was a well attended event from all those who had made a contribution to the book, celebrating all the hard work that had gone into it. The Atlas is a fantastic book and a welcome addition to any bird watchers book case – if you’ve not got a copy already more details can be found at http://www.hos.org.uk/index.php/atlas