Black-winged Stilt

Tuesday 6th May 2014

After an extremely fun long weekend, Tuesday was supposed to be a day of revision, and indeed it was (mostly!). However, when checking “going-birding” and Twitter at lunch, I noticed that a Black-winged Stilt had been reported at Titchfield Haven my patch. I’d been wondering when the first one would arrive in Hampshire as they’d been reported at several locations on the south coast back in April, so decided, as it was still there, to go and investigate.

Black-winged Stilt, Titchfield Haven

Black-winged Stilt, Titchfield Haven

It was a lovely bird and one I’d been hoping to see for many years as I had previously only seen one in captivity, so brings my total for the year up to 153.

Slightly better photo of a Black-winged Stilt at WWT Slimbridge

Slightly better photo of a Black-winged Stilt at WWT Slimbridge

During the brief trip to my patch, I also saw the first Swifts of the year, and a Sedge Warbler – the first of many, I’m sure! The Common Terns have returned too, as well as many passerines – Swallows, Sand Martins, House Martins, Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcaps, and Reed Warblers can all be seen or heard around the Haven and canal path making it feel very summery! With exams looming, it might however be a few weeks before I return to my patch…

 

 

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