Friday 13 December 2019  Thornham Lane and Great Deep

A hardy group of CNHS members met-up at 10:00 at the car park at the top of Thornham Lane, near Emsworth and Thorney Island.
The weather was clear and sunny, but extremely windy, with a high tide on the way. The sun being SE and low on the horizon, made early observations tricky; this improved as the morning progressed as the sun went around to a more southerly direction. The group initially ventured on the higher ‘sea-wall’ path, but due to the high wind (30kts or 35mph) , conditions were extremely uncomfortable (and the birdlife virtually non-existent), so we then opted for the lower path. For those not familiar with this location, it is to be found on the eastern shore of the Emsworth channel, with saltmarshes, creeks, reed beds, mudflats and farmland towards Thorney Island itself. So, there are plenty of different habitats and feeding opportunities for birdlife to be seen. In total we saw twenty-seven different species, which given the conditions was felt to be a positive result.

So, in the order in which we saw the birds, this is the list:

On the way down to the harbour:

Blackbird, Wren

Emsworth Harbour:

Mute Swan, Herring Gull (young)

Creeks and waterways

Mallard, Coot (lots), Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Black Headed-Gull, Teal, Cormorant, Crow, Magpie, Starling, Brent Geese, Canada Geese, Widgeon, Grey Plover, Merganser (diving),Shellduck (lots), Kingfisher (flew past twice), Lapwing (lots), Curlew, OysterCatcher, Herring Gull (mature), Redshank, Golden Eye, Kestrel (seen over car park at end)

Recorder – Judy Smith   Report - Roger Smith

 This is our patch!!

The hardy Group


Goldeneye (heads tucked out of the wind)



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