12 June 2015

Titchfield Haven NNR: 12 June

Decided on an impromptu visit to Titchfield Have in Hampshire today instead of another slog around the patch. Spent an hour or so mid morning watching the adult Greater Yellowlegs showing well, though a little distantly, feeding and roosting on Posbrook Flood, before it flew south with a group of Black-tailed Godwits. Also at Posbrook Flood were 1 Green Sandpiper, 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Northern Lapwing, 2 juv Pied Wagtail, 1 Common Cuckoo, 2H Cetti's Warbler, 1H Reed Bunting, 14+ House Martin and a few Barn Swallow.

Greater Yellowlegs at a distance on Posbrook Flood this morning. Way out of DSLR range, I thought I'd try some phone-scoping. Well,
I'm crap at it - no amount of sharpening is going to improve these (taken with Samsung Note 4 through a Swarovski STS 65HD and
20-60x zoom eyepiece)!

Noted on the reserve itself were 3 (2 ad, 1 2nd-summer) Mediterranean Gull, 4 (3H) Cetti's Warbler, 4+ Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron swallowing a ridiculously huge eel, 70+ Black-tailed Godwit, c 20 Avocet (including c 10 juvs and at least 3 adults on nests), 2-3 Oystercatcher, 2 (1m, 1f) Northern Shoveler, 1H Common Cuckoo and 2 Linnet. Later in the afternoon the Greater Yellowlegs was seen on the reserve, this time on the River Meon from the Suffern Hide.

Spent some time searching for bugs along the Scrapes Trail, the best of which were 2 Painted Lady, 1 Large Skipper, 1 White Plume Pterophorus pentadactyla, and a few Blue-tailed Damselflies. An approachable Red Fox was also watched along this trail.

One of two Painted Lady butterflies along the path at Titchfield Haven NNR

A very fresh Large Skipper at Titchfield Haven NNR - my first of the year

Large Skipper

Male Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans

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