A Field Vole is also known as a short-tailed vole. I was lucky to spot this common but hard to see cute little animal. They have grey-brown fur above and creamy-grey belly, with a short tail. Weighing just 20 to 40 grams this small mammal has a life span of just a year. They are about the size of a golf ball!
Month: January 2023
A colourful sky.
A flock of Shelduck brighten up the sky on the River Hamble.
Portraits of the Curlew.
Curlew on the upper Hamble River Southampton.
The slip in slow motion.
Gulls are all in winter non-breeding colours at this time of year.
The Common gull looks like a small, version of the herring gull I do not see them in great numbers in my local area however the odd ones I do see are always close or within flocks of Black-headed gulls
These noisy small gulls are the most abundant gull in my local area. They are always on the lookout for an easy meal. Humans are an easy touch for a meal.
More Southampton city centre Ring-necked parakeets.
A Treecreeper in the New Forest today – they are a small and very active bird that lives in trees. They have a long, slender, down-curved bill. It is speckly brown above and mainly white below and is very camouflaged and can be hard to see against the tree bark.
Walking on thin ice.
With current low temperatures, all the lagoons at Tichfield Haven have frozen over. No snow but everywhere was just very cold.
A lone Canada Goose walks the line!
Island “I” is underwater today.
The Oystercatchers are resting where another island should be.
This Heron is using the small stream to look for fish due to the lack of open water because of the ice.
Chiffchaff on Bullrush.
Making a splash.
Sanderlings on the beach on Southampton Water. One of my favourite small waders and were in an area where I have only seen the odd bird in the past. Sanderlings were feeding as the tide went out and making a splash this morning.
Hamble Point Oystercatchers.
Some Oystercatchers on the beach at Hamble Point on Southampton Water. This film is worth watching with the sound on as it shows the birds antics off to their best.
Footnote. This bird was first ringed in 2007.
|FP45535||N||O+R//RW||31 Dec 2007||Hamble Point, River Hamble, Warsash, Southampton Water, Hampshire, S England|
|FP45535||S||O+R//RW||13 Oct 2008||Hook-with-Warsash LNR, Fareham, Southampton Water, Hampshire, S England|
|FP45535||S||O+R//RW||27 Oct 2008||Hook-with-Warsash LNR, Fareham, Southampton Water, Hampshire, S England|
|FP45535||S||O+R//RW||2 Jan 2009||Hamble Point, Southampton Water, Hampshire, S England|
|FP45535||S||O+R//RW||17 Sep 2010||Hook Spit, River Hamble, Warsash, Southampton Water, Hampshire, S England|
|FP45535||S||O+R//RW||28-Mar-12||Hamble Point, Southampton Water, Hampshire, S England|
|FP45535||S||O+R//RW||15 Apr 2012||Hamble Common Foreshore, Southampton Water, Hampshire, S England|
|FP45535||S||O+R//RW||4 Jan 2013||River Hamble, Warsash, Fareham, Hampshire, S England|
|FP45535||S||O+R//RW||24 Aug 2014||Chilling, Warsash, Hampshire, S England|
|FP45535||S||O+R//RW||9 Feb 2018||Hamble Point, Southampton Water, Hampshire, S England|
|FP45535||S||O+R//RW||14 Feb 2019||Hamble Point, Southampton Water, Hampshire, S England|
|FP45535||S||O+R//RW||21-Jan-20||Hamble Point, Southampton Water, Hampshire, S England|
|FP45535||S||O+R//RW||22-Jan-21||Hook Spit, River Hamble, Warsash, Southampton Water, Hampshire, S England|
|FP45535||S||O+R//RW||17-Jan-23||Hamble Point, Southampton Water, Hampshire, S England|