Trip reports

Wednesday Walk: Sovereign Harbour

Female house sparrow perched on dead branch

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

On a cold and windy mid-January day, eight of the group set off from the shopping centre car park off the A259. We walked around the outer harbour, where we found only a solitary robin, plus a few gulls, the best sighting here being of a black-backed gull posing on the stern of a boat.

Reaching the outer harbour, we found a common seal reclining on a mud bank. We saw several redshank, and a single common gull amongst the black headed and herring gull. Cormorants started to appear too, and a couple were showing breeding plumage. A kestrel flew westwards, and a few carrion crow landed, squawking loudly.

Around the sea wall and the beach were numerous turnstone, and pied wagtail were spotted on a detour eastwards to the Martello tower. The bushes on the shingle hosted plenty of house sparrows (pictured), with more than 50 birds counted in one bush alone.

Having bade farewell to the seal, we returned to the car park, but only managed to add feral pigeon, wood pigeon and finally blue tit to our list of sightings, which reached a modest 15 bird species. Nevertheless, the participants enjoyed the walk and the respite from the interminable Brexit saga.

Ian Muldoon