Over 100000 Brent geese over Winter in the UK. We see many along our coast here in Southampton. They are small goose – a little larger in size to a mallard. It has a black head and neck and grey-brown back, with either a pale or dark belly. The adult birds have a small white neck patch. It flies in flocks along the coastline moving along as the tide changes. They are shy and noisy and easily disturbed.
These birds were at Hamble Point today and taken from the van window in the rain. There were about 25 birds in this flock.
A large number of Gadwell at Titchfield Haven yesterday morning. Details are from the RSPB website – “The Gadwall is a very grey-coloured dabbling duck, a little smaller than the mallard, and with an obvious black rear end. It shows a white wing patch in flight. When seen close up the grey colour is made up of exquisitely fine barring and speckling. It nests in low numbers in the UK and is an Amber List species” These ducks spent a lot of time with their bottoms in the air and their heads under water looking for food.
Heron hiding in the reeds. Camouflage in action.
Moorhen take off.
Near the village of Fritham in the New Forest you can find Eyeworth Pond. Latchmore Brook was dammed in 1871 to supply water to the nearby Schultze Gunpowder Factory, which was based around Eyeworth Lodge and began making powder for sporting guns in 1859. Ten years later Edward Schultze took charge of the factory and began production of smokeless gunpowder on a large scale, employing around 100 people at the height of production. The factory closed in 1921 but the pond remains. The woodland around the pond is good for small birds.
Another Blue Tit -this one mid-jump!
Long Tailed Tit.
Great Spotted Woodpecker.