Reports, with Bird Lists, of our Meetings, Walks and Outings

Farlington & Langstone 2016
Saturday all day walk

Date: Saturday 5 March 2016 at 09:30

Details:

On a very cold, frosty, morning eight people arrived at Farlington Marshes car park. We all got wrapped up to walk round the sea wall, with a north-west wind blowing off the coast.

We hadn’t gone far when we spotted Mediterranean Gull, Greenshank plus Dunlin in their thousands. The other waders we saw were Turnstone, Grey Plover, Knot, Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Ringed Plover and Curlew.

There were also many hundreds of Brent Geese grazing on the grass on the marshes. Other ducks that we saw were Wigeon, Teal, Mallard and Pintail with a good view of the Red-breasted Meganser. The only mammals seen were Rabbits, one of which was all black. There were not many small birds about, just the normal Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting and Chaffinch. No Bearded Tits were seen.

Another two sites in Langstone Harbour were then visited.  The harbour entrance was mainly shingle but a small patch of sand yielded a Sanderling.  The "Old Oyster Beds" had good views of some birds, but no additional species.

The total number of birds seen was 61 by a very select number of birders, which was very reasonable.

Those of you who have been to Gibraltar Point in 2012 and 2013 would have known Jasmin and Mike Thomson. We received the sad news that Mike had lost his fight against Cancer and died on Thursday 3rd March 2016. He will be missed for his dry sense of humour.

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Farlington Marshes and Langstone Harbour, 5/3/2016, cold, windy, sunny periods, hail

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Brent Goose

Shelduck

Wigeon

Gadwall

Teal

Mallard

Pintail

Shoveler

Red-breasted Merganser

Cormorant

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Common Buzzard

Kestrel

Moorhen

Coot

Avocet

Oystercatcher

Grey Plover

Lapwing

Ringed Plover

Curlew

Black-tailed Godwit

Turnstone

Knot

Sanderling

Dunlin

Greenshank

Redshank

Snipe

Black-headed Gull

Mediterranean Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Rock Dove

Wood Pigeon

Magpie

Carrion Crow

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Skylark

Cetti's Warbler (Heard)

Long-tailed Tit

Wren

Starling

Blackbird

Song Thrush

Robin

Dunnock

Pied Wagtail

Meadow Pipit

Rock Pipit

Chaffinch

Greenfinch

Goldfinch

Reed Bunting

61 Bird Species seen and 1 heard

Rabbit

Black Rabbit

8 People

 
---- Original Programme Information ----

Farlington Marshes & Langstone Harbour, Hants.

Meet at 9:30am in the free car park, south of PO6 1UN.
OS SU675042   Lat/Long: 50.8340, -1.0429

Coming from Southampton on the M27/A27, take the Portsmouth (E) Southsea A2030(S) slip and follow A2030(S). You must be in the left lane as you come out from under the flyover.  Then the unsigned track leading to the car park is on the left, 70 yards beyond the flyover, well before the A2030 exit leading to Portsmouth.  Drive along the track for a third of a mile and park by the reserve entrance.

Farlington Marshes Wildlife Reserve

A coastal grazing marsh and lagoon.  Stream and pools for wildfowl and waders. Brent geese, bearded tit, short-eared owls, sedge and reed warblers. Good for wildfowl, raptors and up to 20 species of waders.

Sea wall footpath with views across the reserve and over Langstone Harbour, 3 mile circular walk. Add a mile to include the part of the reserve that is north of the A27.  Wellingtons may be needed

Facilities at the petrol station to the north of the A27/A2030 Eastern Road roundabout, but none on reserve.

Click here for more information about Farlington Marshes

Sea wall and marsh landscapePhoto by Chris Gunns [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons