Saturday, March 26, 2005

A long day for no return. 131 species in total

After a slightly self-gripping (but very good) morning in the New Forest (Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Woodlark, Brambling, Goshawk, Hawfinch, Siskin and perhaps best of all Redstart - but all by car!), I decided to act on yesterday's report of the return of the Iceland/Kumlien's Gull to Gosport.

Oh dear. An 81km round trip, a flat rear tyre (skillfully repaired, I might add) and nothing to show for it apart from a female Wheatear, 7 Med Gulls and a few Red-breasted Mergansers and Little Egrets. And (not surprisingly) no sign of the Osprey again at Marwell on the way back. Oh yes, and a very slick, high-speed workout! Never mind. It took the km/species count above 9km....