Met up with several members of the RNBWS yesterday at the Haven for an informal chat about this year’s Sea Swallow, (the annual publication of the society) and a spot of birding on completion. Please use the link below to view the new style publication
Before the meet; Slasher, Tony and I did an hour or so on the seafront. A single Barn Swallow flying east was a late surprise, easily the latest I have ever seen in the county. Followed shortly after by a Grey Seal which passed our position and crossed the harbour entrance before disappearing. I have seen the odd Common Seal in the area before but the Grey was a first. A single Red-throated Diver and 4 distant Scaup were also seen from the front.
The still sunny conditions of mid morning were a good omen as we entered the reserve and glad to report that one of a small party of Bearded Tits showed quite well from the raised platform near the Meon Shore Hide as it fed in among the reeds.
In the early afternoon we enjoyed good views of a stunning male Marsh Harrier as it regularly flushed the Frying Pan of its birds. This was despite Tony’s best efforts to rid the reserve of all its wildlife with his ‘hide clearing’ garlic pate sandwiches !!!
Good numbers of Lapwing were seen from the Meadow Hide and a Green Woodpecker which fed among them for twenty minutes or so was another good bird for the day list. All in all a good birding session especially so as it was the first time the three of us had met up in a while. Roll on retirement chaps.