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

Titchfield Haven NNR 2017
Saturday all day outing

Date: Saturday 25 March 2017 at 09:30

Details:

We all arrived at Titchfield on a lovely sunny but breezy morning. From the car park we could see Eider Ducks in the distance but had better views later when they came closer to the shore. When everyone had parked up we paid our group fees to go round the reserve. We walked the opposite way round to our normal route so that the sun was behind us to enable us to get better views and photos.

From the four eastern hides in the morning we saw Curlew, Spoonbill, Canada Geese, Cormorants and Grey Heron, mainly on the pastures. On the way back we saw Chiffchaff and Blackcap and heard a Cettis Warbler. Once back at the centre we decided to defer lunch and go on to the four western hides. On the way we saw Turnstones, Dunlin and Sanderling in Hill Head harbour.

From the Meon Shore hide we had good views of Mediterranean Gulls, Black Headed Gulls in great numbers and also Black-tailed Godwits.

From the other three hides we saw Snipe, Little Egret, Lapwings and Redshanks as well as the Mallard, Gadwall and Teal but no Tufted Ducks.

Having visited all the hides we walked back to the cafe for refreshment and on the way back we saw Peacock and Brimstone butterflies and someone saw two Common Lizards.

It was a good days birding with 60 species seen in total. Twenty-one people made the trip, which is a record for Titchfield Haven.

Click Here to see a few photos from the walk

Titchfield Haven NNR, 25/3/2017, Sunny

Canada Goose

Barnacle Goose

Brent Goose

Shelduck

Wigeon

Gadwall

Teal

Mallard

Shoveler

Eider

Red-breasted Merganser

Pheasant

Cormorant

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Spoonbill

Little Grebe

Marsh Harrier

Sparrowhawk

Common Buzzard

Moorhen

Coot

Avocet

Oystercatcher

Lapwing

Curlew

Black-tailed Godwit

Turnstone

Sanderling

Dunlin

Redshank

Snipe

Black-headed Gull

Mediterranean Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Stock Dove

Wood Pigeon

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Kestrel

Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Cetti's Warbler (H)

Long-tailed Tit

Chiffchaff

Blackcap

Wren (H)

Starling

Blackbird

Song Thrush

Robin

Dunnock

House Sparrow

Chaffinch

Greenfinch

Goldfinch

Reed Bunting

60 Bird Species + 2 heard

Other Wildlife

Peacock Butterfly

Comma Butterfly

Brimstone Butterfly

Fox

Grey Squirrel

Common Lizard

Harlequin Ladybird

Buff-tailed Bumblebee

21 People

 
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Titchfield Haven

Reserve habitats - reed beds, Meon river, scrapes, ponds, ditches, scrub, flood meadows. More birds can be found around the adjacent Hill Head harbour with its shingle beach, mudflats and boat park.

Probable species - grebes, herons, geese, ducks, avocet, sparrowhawk, plovers, snipe, godwits, gulls, warblers, finches, tits, marsh harriers, bearded tit.

Possible species - reed warbler, grasshopper warbler, water rail, bittern, garganey, scaup, pintail, whinchat, yellowhammer, coal tit, wheatear, whitethroats, sanderling, osprey and water voles.

Adults £4.25, Senior Citizens/Students £4, Children (5 to 15 years) £2, Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £10

Visitor centre with -

  • Tea room - Hot & cold drinks, sandwiches, cake.
  • Shop - Tickets for the reserve, latest wildlife sightings, books, bird food & feeders, gifts, and bags of duck food.
  • Toilets

Seven hides, connected by surfaced paths and wooden boardwalks. A flat walk of under four miles to visit all the hides.

Click here for information about the Titchfield Haven NNR reserve

Click here to see the report of our 2014 visit

There is a small, free, car park on Cliff Road, PO14 3JT.   SU535023   50°49'5.16"N 1°14'28.52"W
Click for a map of the car park location
Plus much more free, roadside, parking west along Cliff Road.