|Common Seals © Richard Smith|
On Sunday Brian, deputizing for Duncan, led 10 LymNats from Keyhaven following the 5km Brent Trail out along the sea wall and back via the "Ancient Highway". The morning was sunny and clear with light winds from the SW but the severity of the recent cold snap was still evident in the frozen lagoons and the snow-covered fields on the Isle of Wight.
The sea was flat calm and a lot of birds were to be found offshore being denied access to open water on the lagoons. The first sighting, perched on its customary hedgerow in Keyhaven, was of a Marsh Harrier - on any other day this might have been the highlight. Next came a male Bullfinch and then, looking across Hawker's Lake towards the yacht moorings, two Common (or Harbour) seals were hauled out and lounging on the
|Rock Pipit © Chris Robinson|
Offshore, a Peregrine made an unsuccessful low-level attack. On Butts Lagoon a Rock Pipit auditioned for "Dancing on Ice", dexterously plucking insects off the surface of the ice. Passing the Shoveler Pools, Chris was able to identify two Water Pipits with his 'scope, stating that it was his best ever view of this species.
|Common Snipe |
© Richard Smith