SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Friends of Hurst Castle with a demonstration of The Company of Pikemen & Musketeers
Commences at 3pm and will last for about 30 minutes.
No charge to view the display, but normal ferry and castle charges will apply.
Do come and join the fun!
SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER
Hurst last Sunday. Good weather, fresh wind and good visibility.
Mute Swan – over 30 on Sturt; also 2 pairs on the marsh, one with 2 cygnets.
Little Egret – counted 5 across the area.
Ringed Plover – estimated 170 on high water roost on shingle north of the lighthouse cottage – mid afternoon.
Dunlin – estimated 250 on […]
Breeding season is coming to an end but adults are still feeding young.
Extra disturbance due to summer visitors.
Here are some notes………..
Shelduck – at least 2 pairs seen on marsh but no young seen; they may be hiding.
Little Egret – 3 seen on marsh
Heron – 1 on Sturt.
Oystercatcher – only 9 counted but some birds may […]
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The breeding season is in full swing now.
Shelduck – round about a dozen across the marsh and we hope some are breeding pairs.
Brent Goose – 1 seen flying west over the shingle bank; very unusual this time of year. Should be in Siberia now!
Oystercatcher – several pairs in their usual territories across the patch.
Ringed Plover […]
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.
Do you fancy trying Kayaking or Stand Up Paddle Boarding?
The New Forest Paddleboard Company is running a launch event on Friday the 8th of April to celebrate their link with Hurst Castle.
They are offering a 30 min instructor led taster session for £5 per person!
Contact: http://www.thenewforestpaddlesportcompany.co.uk/ for more info!
The winter visitors are still with us but the summer visitors have not yet arrived.
Look out for our first Wheatears landing on Hurst any day now.
Brent Geese – still good numbers; around 400+ in area. Should be off back to Siberia soon.
Shelduck – 30+ across marsh
Pintail – about a dozen seen but could be […]
Many birds finding shelter, out of the wind, among the creeks.
Wildfowl numbers are reducing as winter draws to an end. No summer migrants yet; we have to wait till March.
Brent – 300+ possibly a few more. Many birds have set off back to Siberia to start breeding.
Shelduck – 30+
Wigeon – 30+
Eider – 1 male only […]
A few birds noted at end Jan:
There is a lot more wildfowl about now which is good.
Brent Goose – still good numbers around 750+
Shelduck – 50+
Wigeon – 80+
Pintail – 50+ – very good numbers for here.
Eider – 1 pr in river entrance (usual pair)
Goldeneye – 1 female in river.
Red Breasted Merg – 24 counted in various […]