My intention had been to restart the blog on the first of January but having failed miserably on that one I guess the 13th is better than not at all so here goes.
Following up and down levels of enthusiasm over the last couple of years I am hoping that I will be able to get through 2019 in good form.
The year has started well health wise with another clear scan and blood test following my bowel cancer and on the birding side of things I have also made a decent start with some good Wiltshire birds, and a productive trip (85 species) to Portland and Weymouth last Sunday with Ian and Graham.
This weekend started with a good day out in Hampshire. Myself Matt and Graham headed for Keyhaven with an initial stop on the A31 in hope that the White-tailed Eagle would put in a first light appearance. Alas it didn’t but as usual Keyhaven gave us a good species list including a close up Scaup on Keyhaven Lagoon, large numbers of Brent Geese and Pintail, a male Eider on the sea and eleven wader species. Then it was back to the A31 for an hours stroll hoping for the Eagle to appear. It didn’t and apart from a few crows no other birds did either. Then it was off to Blashford Lakes for the final hour nad a half of daylight. The Yellow-browed Warbler wasn’t showing so at around a quarter to four we headed off to the Tern Hide for the gull roost. With no sign of the Caspian Gull three Yellow-legged were the best birds found. With no owls seen on the return journey the day ended with an excellent eight-one species seen which included eleven NFY.