Trip reports

Half day walk around Prinsted/Nutbourne 10 th March 2020 - Leader Carole Griffiths

Half day walk around Prinsted/Nutbourne 10 th March 2020 - Leader Carole Griffiths
Roe deer - Graham Whitehead

Friday, 13 March 2020

A cold south westerly breeze was blowing and it was rather overcast. However there were still eleven hardy souls that joined me for this walk. It was an incoming tide with high tide around midday.

Whilst we were waiting we saw Mediterranean Gulls, a Great Crested Grebe, Wren and Dunnocks. We commenced the walk along the harbour edge towards Nutbourne. After passing a few houses there is a paddock and due to it being nearly high tide we saw a number of Curlews here and in other fields further away. The fields looked very wet and the footpaths not along the shoreline were very muddy, hence we only walked there and back rather than do our usual circular walk across the fields.

Unfortunately there was very little on the water due to the strong wind, but we did have excellent views of 2 Grey Partridges huddled by a hedge to keep out of the wind. Plus further along, where we approached the reeds, we could hear a Cetti Warbler and we had good views of a Reed Bunting. With scopes we did look at the spit way in the distance and could make out Oystercatchers, Brent Geese and Shelduck.

We then headed on the lower path to get out of the breeze for our coffee stop. Nikki very kindly provided delicious flapjacks. A big thank you from all of us. We then turned back to Prinsted with our heads down.
We returned by 11.30am, so most of us continued along the harbour path, past Prinsted and on to Thornham Marina, here we cut through the marina and looped back by road. This turned out to be a better option with regard to the wind. Some of the birds we managed to see were a pair of displaying Sparrowhawks, Moorhen, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Long Tailed Tits. We also saw a Roe Deer sheltering.

A total of 32 species.

Thank you for joining me on this walk.

Carole Griffiths