Had a cracking day out today with my fellow Amigo’s Mark and Tony. The first time we have been out birding together since early spring. The day did not start too bright weather wise and the hoped for migrants down the Ranvilles Scrub were few and far between. A Sedge Warbler, a few Whitethroats and the odd Willow Warbler are all we got other than a decent soaking. We dropped down into Titchfield to walk the length of the canal but due to the weather we delayed our plan whilst we munched on excellent Bacon Baps at the Bugle Inn. This turned out to be a good move as by the time we had left the pub the rain had ceased and the hoped for migrants popped up as we headed south. The first Yellow Wagtails of the day were spotted near Posbrook Bridge and just beyond the tarmac stretch we came across two, possibly three Spotted Flycatchers; these birds put on quite a show as they wolfed down insects by the dozen. A little further on we had good views of Garden Warbler and a couple of Blackcaps, whilst the odd Cettis Warbler gave a burst or two of song in the background. Soon we added Reed Warbler and a family party of Reed Buntings near to Hammonds Bridge.
Reed Bunting, Titchfield Canal Path, 27 Aug 2010
Garden Warbler, Titchfield Canal Path, 27 Aug 2010
Looking over the Haven we counted good numbers of Swallows and both Sand and House Martins moving south. At least three Swifts also made in onto the day list. Near the sluice we had another thirty Yellow Wagtails in company with the Cattle and a single male Redstart was a great find perched on the fence in-between drop downs for insects. On the sea Tony picked up a pair of Common Scoter a few hundred metres offshore. The pair showed really well in the scope but just too distant to make a photo worthwhile. In the reserve itself we had at least three each of Green and Common Sandpiper.
Green Sandpiper, Titchfield Haven, 27 Aug 2010
Wheatear, Hill Head, 27 Aug 2010
Other hoped for waders were again thin on the ground possibly due to the unfeasibly high water levels in the scrapes for this time of year. Before we left Hill Head we had around 100 Turnstones flitting along the beach and a pair of Med Gulls rafting 30 metres offshore. A single Wheatear along the front was the last notable sighting of the afternoon. All in all a great days birding especially considering a very soggy start.
”Possible Short-tailed Shearwater moving east”…….Tony and Mark in action!!
Fulvous Whistling Duck, Hill Head, 27 Aug 2010. The crowds seemed to have drifted away from this long staying Yankee Mega.
Finally after a good day in the field we wanted to get a shot of the Three Amigos together for the first time on the blog since November 2008. We let Slasher set up the camera in self timer mode to take the photo!!!
Look out David Bailey.
Steve Copsey…………..(how good do those legs look)