Birdwatching along the banks of the River Hamble

I often link going to Warsash to link in with seeing my daughter at her workplace in Hamble. I park the car in the free car park and catch the Pink Ferry over the river to Hamble, this saves a 20 – 25 minute drive and paying for a car park the other side. At the weekends I’ll often meet up there to walk her dog. Luckily the nature of the Path, mud, reeds and tides prevents any of our four legged friends getting to the birds !

Common Buzzard close up
Common Buzzard (in Bishop’s Waltham)

Luckily the tide was out when I arrived and this brought about much activity. If you being blessed you can often see a Seal coming in on the tide on it’s way upstream for a bite to eat, then see it returning as it’s going back out. Not today though. Needless to say the Pink Ferry ‘Captain’ say’s he see’s it daily !

Redshank Greenshank Ringed Plover
Redshank – Greenshank – Ringed Plover

Beside the photos shown, a Kingfisher appeared briefly and over 100 Dunlin were present but a tad too far for my lens. Speaking of my daughter, I took her birdwatching here for the first time and the very first bird we say was the Kingfisher sitting on the bank no more than 20 meters away. Sometimes it happens like that !

Black Tailed Godwit
Black Tailed Godwit, must have been 60+ there


Warsash can be hit and miss, I’ve been there a few times and seen nothing. More to look out for there are Rock Pipits, Brent Geese, Kestrels, Mumjacs in the gardens on the other side of the Reed Beds and much more.
If nothing about, catch the Pink Ferry to Hamble and stroll left to some woodland and marsh where the River meets Southampton Water.

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