Despite the pessimistic weather forecast and a biting north wind, eight of us braved a walk around Farlington Marshes.  From the outset there were many Brent Geese, Redshank, and Dunlin, with some Common Gull, Ringed Plover and one or two Curlew on the mudflats, the tide being out.  A small group of Red Breasted Merganser were in the water of the channel and a single Grey Plover closer to us on the mud.

 

There was no evidence of any smaller passerines by the lake but again large numbers of Brent Geese were present with a few Black Tailed Godwits.  Unusually there were a large group of Pintail foraging out of the water on the mudflats along with smaller numbers of teal.  In the distant fields were flocks of Canada Geese with a couple of white domestic hybrids.  It was nice to see a couple of Song Thrushes and Robins in the fields along with numerous Moorhens.  Skylark often took to the air seemingly playing in the windy conditions and large numbers of Starling also flew around as we walked.  Further round in the ponds were Shoveler, Wigeon and Gadwall.  Brent Geese were everywhere out along the shore line with huge numbers of Dunlin. Having turned away from the sea wall we watched a small group of Black Tailed Godwits along with a single Avocet and a couple of Shelduck and Little Grebe in a lake.  On the way back to the cars a Buzzard flew over.  This together with a Kestrel perched over the A3 represented our only raptor sightings for the day.  Scanning the mudflats and water from the car park there were larger numbers of Avocets and a lone Golden Plover.

 

Other birds seen on the walk were Coot, Greater Black Backed Gull, Pheasant, Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Black Headed Gull, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, Magpie, Carrion Crow, with the final total being 44 species.