Notes from recent visit on Sun 8 May……..
Summer visitors have arrived, breeding season well under way; migrants passing through.
A very high tide, completely covering the spartina marsh which would have washed away any nests of Black Headed Gulls, Oyster Catchers, Redshank.
Shelduck – a dozen or so on the marsh; hopefully a pair or two breeding.
Eider – usual pair in the estuary, hopefully looking to nest.
Little Egret – none seen that day. The tide may have pushed them behind Keyhaven to feed on flooded fields .
Oyster Catcher, Ringed Plover, Redshank – small numbers in their breeding territories
Whimbel – 9 seen. Related to the Curlew but smaller. Seen only on passage here en route to breeding grounds in Scandinavia & Iceland
Turnstone – just a few recorded; these will be non-breeding. May be more to be found at high water roosts somewhere in area.
Little, Common & Sandwich terns trickling through the area. Hopefully small breeding numbers further up the Solent.
A few Brent Geese seen passing through the area from places west of here on their way to Siberia to breed.
Small numbers of Common Scoter and Gannets seen off the Needles.