Sunday 25th January 2015.
It is the RSPB Garden Birdwatch this weekend and so I done my usual hour within my garden. I shall load the results down later. First thing this morning, I fancied somewhere different to do some birding for a change and so, grabbing Scruff, we done a walk around Sandy Point on Hayling Island. The weather was cold but dry, but a lot more cloud around than yesterday. Timing is everything, when you want to ‘bird’ in certain areas and if I done my homework, I probably would not have gone here knowing that the tide was way out!
Parking up near the end of Seafarer’s Road, I walked the footpath to the harbour entrance, keeping an ear and an eye out for anything interesting here. This is a good spot for Firecrest, but I only managed to see around four Goldcrests in the bushes and trees. On reaching the end of the footpath, I noticed then the tide was well out. A good scan over the calm water revealed absolutely nothing! So, very disappointed, I trudged my way south to view the gorse bushes for a possible Dartford Warbler.
I saw my only Dartford Warbler last year, at this site whilst watching the Red-backed Shrike and as luck would have it, another bird appeared at exactly the same spot! I heard it at first, then a fine male bird flew out of the gorse and landed within cover. Unfortunately, though I saw it a few times more, it was just fleeting glimpses as it made its way deep within the gorse. A preening Wren gave me some home, but through the scope, one could easily see it was a Wren. There was not a lot else on show and so I took a walk north to the Lifeboat Station.
With a combination of a very low tide and lots of people around the Sailing Club, I decided against walking up to Black Point. Instead, I looked around the harbour entrance once again (nothing all that interesting) and a walk around the bushes and trees behind the Lifeboat Station. From here, another couple of Goldcrests were seen as was a singing male Chaffinch! Rather early, I thought. The walk back to the car proved unexciting too and so, before I made my way back home, I had a quick look on Sinah Gravel Pits.
Again, not a great deal here, with only around a dozen or so Tufted Duck on the water and a few Robins by the bramble area. So, I made my way home to do the RSPB Garden Birdwatch.
I kicked off at exactly 11am and within one hour, I was surprised to notch up 15 species, which were either in the garden or flying over. I made sure the feeders were well stocked up and there were plenty of meal-worms in the tray. I just had to keep the pesky Wood Pigeons off it! The best of which was a Common Buzzard flying high over Southsea drifting eastwards. My list of sightings in order were as follows:
I have added some photos of some of the birds that were in or over the garden this morning.