Along the river.

Another walk down the River Hamble dry but very windy – hard to stand up at times!


Dark-bellied Brent goose.


Greenshank. There are less than 1,000 Greenshanks in the whole country during the winter, but soon they will be heading North towards their breeding grounds.

Common Redshank.


Lesser black-backed gulls.


Avocets have started to arrive here on the South Coast. Ist photographs of these beautiful birds this year.

You will note one of the birds is ringed. Info sent to ringer – below is their reply.

Thanks for the sighting of GB/BG.

I ringed this bird as a chick in June 2014 at Needs Ore Reserve (beside the Beaulieu River estuary).

Since then it has spent most of its time at Titchfield and Farlington. However, it was seen over the winter of 2017-18 at Poole Harbour in Dorset.

In the summer of 2018 it bred at Titchfield and since then there have been summer and winter sightings of it at Titchfield, suggesting it now spends most of its time there.

Coastal spring.

Down on the coast along Meon Shore and Titchfield Haven, spring is advancing. Birds are starting to pair up courtship is in the air. Soon the Brend Geese and the Sanderlings will be off to their breeding grounds. Other birds who breed on our shores will arrive Avocents have started to arrive and soon I expect to spot returning Common Terns.

Canada Geese are no native birds, having been introduced from North America some 300 years ago. After the Second World War, they spread across the UK. They are now found in large numbers. These birds do not migrate from the UK and in some areas are now considered a pest.

Cormorant and Little Greebe fishing.

Some regular birds on at the Haven.




Winter Gulls.

Gulls are all in winter non-breeding colours at this time of year.

Common Gull.

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

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.