Field Reports

Friday 25 May 2018   Titchfield Haven

Leader Tony Wootton

This is my report on our trip to Titchfield Haven on 25 May 2018. I believe it was one of the rare Society trips to this reserve. Certainly a number of members had never been before.

A lovely sunny morning greeted 13 of us and it stayed sunny and warm all day. It was not an unlucky number as we had several excellent sightings including a food pass by male and female marsh harriers, the same male harrier being mobbed by a watchful lapwing. We also witnessed a common tern harassing a buzzard. A very young fox just lay in the grass close to the path. Was it sickly? We will never know, it's eyes were bright and it's fur in good condition but why didn't it escape, perhaps it knew that members of our esteemed Society are just nice people. We also saw around a dozen avocets with chicks already paddling in the shallow water, their bills just showing the upturn characteristic of their parents. A roe deer just stood in the dappled shade and watched us watching it.

We saw many blue damselflies but I must admit we weren't able to identify with any certainty. The same must be said of the dragonflies apart from the 4 spotted chaser.

The other insects we saw included, soldier beetle, orange tip, speckled wood, peacock, red admiral, common and holly blues.

The 51 species of bird were 

mute swan, canada goose with goslings, shelduck, gadwall, mallard with ducklings, shoveler, pheasant, little grebe, cormorant, little egret, grey heron, marsh harrier, sparrowhawk, buzzard, moorhen, coot, oystercatcher, avocet with chicks, lapwing, dunlin, black tailed godwit, redshank, turnstone, med gull, black headed gull with chicks ,herring gull, common tern, stock dove, wood pigeon, swift, swallow, wren, dunnock, robin, blackbird, cetti's,reed warbler, blackcap, whitethroat, chiffchaff, longtailed blue and great tits, jay, magpie, carrion crow, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch and greenfinch.

Many thanks must go to Daphne for recording them.

The plant list is courtesy of Helen Dignum, many thanks to Helen.

In order of sighting
Wood Avens                           Geum urbanum
Green Alkanet                         Pentaglottis sempervirens
Three-cornered garlic              Allium triquetrum
Hemlock Water Dropwort        Oenanthe crocata
Bluebell                                   Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Herb Robert                            Geranium robertianum
Bramble                                   Rubus fruticosus agg
Ragged Robin                         Silene flos-cuculi
Common Comfrey                  Symphytum officinale
Mares tails                               Equisetum
Brooklime                               Veronica beccabunga
Tutsan                                     Hypericum androsaemum
Orchid – probably Marsh Orchid (only seen through binoculars from bird-hide)
Celery-leaved Buttercup         Ranunculus scleratus
Foxglove                                 Digitalis purpurea
West Side
Yellow Iris                              Iris pseudacorus
Cut-leaved Cranesbill             Geranium dissectum
Cuckoo Flower                       Cardamine pratense
Bittersweet                              Solanum dulcamara
Cleavers                                  Galium aparine
Cow Parsley                            Anthriscus sylvestris
Silverweed                              Potentilla erecta
Black Medick                          Medicago lupulina
Meadow Buttercup                 Ranunculus acris
Creeping Buttercup                 Ranunculus repens
Red clover                               Trifolium pratense
Birdsfoot Trefoil                     Lotus corniculatus
Sea Purslane                            Atriplex portulacoides
Sea Beet                                  Beta maritima
And at the café:
Sea Kale                                  Crambe maritime
Sea Campion                           Silene uniflora
Tamarisk tree           

 I went back up the east side and identified a few plants I had not had time to ID before
Watercress                               Nasturtium officinale
Wavy Bittercress                     Cardamine flexuosa
Lesser Spearwort                    Ranunculus flammul

Tony Wootton


Avocet with chicks


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