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  1. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    Today I met up with Steve and we went off into the dockyard to find a juvenile 205 - Shag that Steve had found a few days before. It sat contented as we got a few photos in the sunshine. Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  2. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    An unexpected bonus today. I was travelling back from London when Steve C rang to tell me that at least three 204 - Leach's Petrel were showing from the windy shore at Titchfield Haven. Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  3. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    It;s been a while since I had a new bird, so I shot off at first light to try for the 203 - Spotted Sandpiper which Mike Rafer had found at Lower Brook, just north of Romsey. The bird showed well on the manicured lawns of the large house just before the village. Three Amigo's Blog...
  4. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    An unexpected bird this morning and indeed the very first bird of the day was a female 202 - Firecrest This bird felt tiny in the hand but never fails to impress with its beautiful head markings Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  5. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    A good day yesterday, with my 200th Hants bird being a confiding 200 - Tree Sparrow drinking in the small pond by the tea room at Titchfield Haven. Later from the Spurgin Hide we had a 201 - Little Stint in extremely bad light. Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  6. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    What a cracking day, firstly I had a call telling me that the rare American duck had been relocated at IBM lake in Portsmouth. When I got there the place was packed with Hants birders and the 196 - Blue-winged Teal was sleeping quietly on the opposite bank. Every now and then it stretched and...
  7. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    I spent another morning assisting with the ringing at Titchfield Haven as part of my training. Nothing exciting in the nets, but an 195 - Osprey over flying the pans was a welcome bird for the year. Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  8. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    Another morning ringing brought a major rarity in amongst the 200 or so other passerines. 194 - Aquatic Warbler A stonking bird with pics on the website below Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  9. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    Time down at Titchfield Haven watching the Roseate Tern proved fruitful as someone shouted; 193 - Arctic Skua moving along the Solent, every now and then harrassing a nearby gull. Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  10. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    Spent the morning at a ringing site on the coast in the county and managed to see a few examples of a very elsuive bird, in the hand. 192 - Grasshopper Warbler Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  11. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    Shot down to the front at Titchfield Haven to sort through the terns and amongst the Common were a single Sandwich, a Little, 2 Black and a single 191 - Roseate Tern Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  12. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    Today saw me and Tony back at Farlington and after about an hour it finally showed 190 - Spotted Crake Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  13. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    Heading to farlington for a Spotted Crake, I spent 4 hours there without any luck, but on arrival there was a strangely plumaged 189 - Ruff back tomorrow for the Crake !!
  14. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    On return from holiday (out of county) I popped down to Titchfield Haven, 16 Black Terns had been reported earlier and I managed to see a couple still feeding over the reserve 188-Black Tern Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  15. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    Its been a while since I had a new year bird, but one came today and turned out to be a year, Hampshire and British tick 187 - Honey Buzzard lets hope they come a bit quicker in the autumn Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  16. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    a visit to a local nature reserve today in search of a bird I had yet to find this year which has a very distinctive call, some say like the wires of a yacht in the wind. 186 - Bearded Tit Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  17. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    Last night we went to a nearby wooded area and at about 21:45 heard our first 185 - Nightjar singing, this year. Always a great sound accompanied by the hoot of the Tawny, the squeek of the Woodcock and the blast of the Nightingale. Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  18. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    We spent the morning at Martin Down. We had two target species and we werent disappointed. Firstly we heard a familiar sound, a singing 183 - Corn Bunting We eventually had 3 to 4 birds, at about the same time we saw a distant 184 - Turtle Dove which eventually gave great views Three...
  19. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    Last night I saw and heard a bird that has become common in some areas of the South of England. Although still rare in Hampshire, escape birds cannot be ruled out 182 - Ring-necked Parakeet Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  20. Matelot birder

    Slash's Hants 2009 List

    a call from a friend and I was in the car on my way to Sandy Point, Hayling Island. Here whilst looking for the rarity I saw my first 180 - Spotted Flycatcher of the year. Eventually the bird came into view after we heard brief snatches of its song. This was a lifer for me, in the form of a...
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