Sightings for week ending 16th Oct

So, I’m going to try and post weekly updates on what is around at the moment on the Solent reserves. I don’t get a huge amount of time to go birding unfortunately but I shall try my best. I’ll also relay any other sightings that get passed to me.

Southmoor

Excellent at the moment around high tide, looking out to the harbour from the sea wall. Large numbers of Brent Geese, I counted over 500 today. Also large numbers of Wigeon, Shelduckl, Curlew, Oyster Catchers and Redshank. There was lower numbers of Grey Plover and a solitary Common Sandpiper.

Within the sea wall there were a good number of Linnets and Snipe throughout the site.

Farlington

Again, excellent at high tide at the moment , with most of the birds loitering on the main lake. Large numbers (around 100+) of Grey Plover, even larger numbers of Redshank, Black Tailed Godwits and Dunlin.  Mixed in there are also Greenshank, Ringed Plover and plenty of Lapwing. Also a number of Harbour Seals have been around.

csc_0011Out in the marsh there is still a few Yellow Wagtails around and quite a few Grey Wagtails. There has been reports of a Marsh Harrier as well, and the Peregrine is a regular visitor.

The Bearded Tits can be seen in the reed bed on a still day, especially up by the building and Water Rail are starting to call quite a lot.

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