The wild side of Southampton part 3

Spring is returning to the city with the passerines becoming more active and vocal, and migrants coming and going. On Wednesday I arrived on campus early so headed down to Avenue Campus, overlooking Southampton Common where I had a singing chiffchaff and blackcap: the latest additions to our slowly growing list. There was also a nuthatch singing close by. This confused me for a short while as I’m not sure I’d ever heard one singing before!

On Thursday I returned to Southampton Common after hearing about a shoveler on Cemetery Lake. The bird was indeed there, as were 2 teals – a male and female.

female shoveler on Cemetery Lake, Southampton, 19th March 2015.

female shoveler on Cemetery Lake, Southampton, 19th March 2015.

female teal on Cemetery Lake, Southampton, 19th March 2015.

female teal on Cemetery Lake, Southampton, 19th March 2015.

A flyover buzzard caused  brief panic among the gulls and pigeons in particularly before they settled down once again. There wasn’t much of note although I did notice a common, herring and lesser black-backed gull as well as the numerous black-headed gulls.

I then spent lunch with a friend at East Park, one of the parts in the city centre. It was nice to sit outside and enjoy the sun and little bits of wildlife.

Magpie showing off it's beautiful plumage

Magpie showing off it’s beautiful plumage

herring gull

herring gull

The herring gull was hopeful we’d share some of our chips but unfortunately for it we didn’t. I doubt chips are the healthiest food option for a gull!

Although the biodiversity in the city doesn’t quite match up to my patch, it’s nice to watch it as an escape from coursework, lectures and revision. My term has ended now so I can spent more time at Titchfield Haven over the next few weeks which I’m looking forward to.

The first highlight since being at home for the holidays was a female green woodpecker, feeding on the ants in the front garden (or searching for a weasel, perhaps?!).

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