• Sim Elliott

Birds in Langstone Harbour: the old Oyster Beds & Farlington Marshes Reserves. 23.01.22

Unlike my trip to Langstone Harbour on Monday, see: Birds in Langstone Harbour: the old Oyster Beds & Kench Reserves. 17.01.22 when is was cold but sunny all day, on Saturday Langstone Harbour was cold and very overcast. I had planned to meet two birding friends at Farlington Marshes. Because the trains are unreliable at present, due to shortage of drivers as a result of covid self-isolation, I got to Brighton station two hours earlier than the train I intended to catch, in case of cancellations. In fact there were no cancellations in the morning, so I got to Havant with two hours spare; so I took the bus to the top of Hayling Island and spent 90 minutes there before getting the bus back to Havant to meet my friends at Farlington.


Birds seen:


Langstone Bridge/Oyster Beds: Brent Geese, a Greenshank, Redshanks, Curlew, Oystercatchers, Black-Tailed Godwits, Little Grebes, Red-Breasted Mergansers; Mallards, Shovelers, Little Egrets, Black-Headed Gulls, Starlings, a Robin, Magpies, Carrion Crows, Dunlin, a Wren, and a Rock Pipit


Farlington Marshes: Brent Geese, Canada Geese, Redshanks, a Greenshank, Oystercatchers, Black-Tailed Godwits. Lapwing, Shelducks, Teal, Pintails, Wigeon, Mallards, Red-Breasted Mergansers, Coots, Moorhens, Little Grebes, Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, Black-Headed Gulls; Herring Gulls, Carrion Crows, a Kingfisher, Magpies, Carrion Crows, Stonechats and a Marsh Harrier


Langstone Bridge/The Oyster Beds (West Hayling) Nature Reserve


Red-Breasted Mergansers, in the channel that joins Langstone Harbour to Chichester Harbour



Mergansers flying off




Pintails


Shelducks


Black-Tailed Godwits on the shore at the top of Hayling Island, just south of the Mergansers.





Shelducks and Black-Tailed Godwits


Curlew and Dunlin


Dunlin


Greenshank surrounded by Redshanks in flight


Black-Tailed Godwits and Shovelers


Little Egrets flying over the Langstone Bridge


Brent Geese flying down to the shore at the top of Hayling Island


The road bridge (The Langstone Bridge) joining Hayling Island to the mainland at the of Langstone Harbour


The remains of the old rail bridge (Hayling Billy line)


Redshanks and Shovelers


enlarged and lightened:


Black-Tailed Godwits on shore of Hayling Island with Portsea Island in the background


Oystercatcher hiding in the seaweed


Redshank in flight


Robin


Curlew


Curlew and Little Egret


Redshank


Rock Pipit


Little Grebe


Oyster Statue


The Oyster Beds


Shelducks


Little Grebe


Back at the Langstone Bridge, waiting for the bus: Shelducks, Brent Geese and Shovelers


Red-Breasted Mergansers.


Brent Geese landing by the old railway bridge


Red-Breasted Mergansers


Farlington Marshes

Avocets, Brent Geese and a Herring Gull on The Lake


Female Stonechat


Brent Geese on the Lake


Male Stinechat


Brent Geese


Lapwings, Pintails, Teal and Shelducks on the Lake


Black-Tailed Godwit taking off from the Lake; Shovelers, Pintails, Teal and Lapwings behind.


Brent Geese and Avocets (ca. 40 in all, not all in view)


Little Egret


Brent Goose


Pintails on the Deeps


Brent Geese on the Deeps - Portsea in the background


Male Shoveler in the Deeps


Coot and Wigeon


Brent Geese flying over the Marshes


Black-Tailed Godwits off next to the path going to the reed beds (through the marshes)


Lots of Coots on the Stream


Mute Swans


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