At the beach

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Lots of birds about at Titchfield Haven and Meon Shore today I was able to also enjoy a very low tide and due to bridge repairs on Cliff Road, the road was closed to through traffic making it quieter than usual.

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The Sanderlings were very active as the tide was low and were feeding all along the shoreline. They do not breed in the UK but are a winter visitor and passage migrant in spring and autumn. I expect that soon they will be leaving for their breeding grounds in the high Arctic and once gone I will await their return in autumn after such a long journey for this tiny bird.

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Some of the Starfish I saw yesterday did not survive and became lunch for this Great Black-backed Gull.

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There are a number of Mute Swans about and they are starting to pair up.

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Sadly this Swan, as well as the Sanderlings, were disturbed and chased off by an out of control dog something which is becoming more common.

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Shovelers are a surface feeding duck they have a  huge spatulate bill. Several were about in the Nature reserve on the lakes.

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Avocent’s are starting to return I saw about 6 today.

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Shellduck were also about.

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3 thoughts on “At the beach

  1. Too bad the Sanderlings are about to take off- I like looking at them in your photos – that’s a long journey, how do such small birds have the stamina to take on the long trip and to such a cold place?

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