Field Reports

Tuesday 23rd November 2021, Farlington Marshes

Leader Tony Wooton


  What a day, never to be repeated, not for the birds but for the weather. Never again will we walk around Farlington in late November and be too well dressed. No rain, no wind and temperatures in the mid teens.  

12 of us set off at 10.00 sharp accompanied by the Hazelmere U3A bird group and a Hampshire Wildlife Trust work party. We did our best to ignore each other apart from some occasional banter worthy of the Australian cricket team.

The sun shone, the tide came in and the wind never appeared.

Whilst we didn't see any particularly rare birds, we were treated to some wonderful sightings in lovely light. The highlight for me was a fly past of dazzling avocets, worthy of the red arrows.

We managed nearly 40 bird species and thanks to Diana and her scope we also saw 4 harbour seals lying in their unusual banana pose.

The birds were, Canada and Brent Geese, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pintail and Shoveler, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe,  Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Kestrel, Water Rail (heard only), Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Black tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Black headed Gull, Herring Gull, Meadow Pipit, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Magpie, Carrion Crow and Starling. Hopefully I haven't missed too many off.

I hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as I did. Thanks for your company.   

  Tony Wootton

A very smart Pintail, admiring its reflection

Resting Teal




Glorious Farlington sunshine

A stonechat

Canada Geese

The skies above...

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