Saturday 29th January 2022

A sea watch first thing was quiet other than the five Slavonian Grebes, a single male Eider, the customary Razorbill or two and at least 10 Great Crested Grebes strung out along the Solent. From the Sailing Club 10 Spoonbill were loafing on Inchmery Saltmarsh and just in front of them the Purple Sandpiper (seeContinue reading “Saturday 29th January 2022”

Thursday 27th January 2022

I hadn’t seen any Goosander at Needs Ore until 28th November 2021 but I’ve seen three since then and then this morning a flock of five red-headed Goosander flew west fairly close in shore. Even in flight you can see the sharply demarcated brown heads and photos help with also seeing the neat white chin,Continue reading “Thursday 27th January 2022”

Sunday 23rd January 2022

I headed to Park Shore and my first drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker of the year greeted me as I got out of the car. Just opposite, in the field towards Bergerie Farm, 24 noisy Egyptian Geese were squabbling and a Buzzard looked for worms. I walked the lane between Errish House and Rye Errish House.Continue reading “Sunday 23rd January 2022”

Highlights December 2021

On the 4th a Red Kite drifted over Bergerie Farm. Virtually all of my Red Kite sightings have been in the spring and so this was a little unusual. At the same time my first ever wintering Black-necked Grebe was spending the 4th and 5th off Mary Monts and a Gannet was also in theContinue reading “Highlights December 2021”