Common Snipe are among several species of waders found at this season
Saturday 2nd October, 2021
Titchfield Haven is an extensive nature reserve on the Hampshire coast near Hill Head which never fails to please. It is formed round the estuary of a river which now has a controlled outflow, extensive reedbeds, scrapes, water meadows and scrub, as well as a string of excellent hides. At this time of year there can be a wide variety of birds on passage down the Meon valley, and these may include almost anything from masses of hirundines, to Ospreys, Marsh Harriers and rare terns. Waders and wildfowl abound. There is a good chance of finding Bearded Tits as they perform their dispersal flights. In the past few years the reserve has hosted a rare Greater Yellowlegs, Penduline Tits, Siberian Stonechat, Barred Warbler, and others. Time watching the Solent can be rewarded with the odd skua, diver, auk or sea duck. This is the sort of site to thrill someone new to bird-watching while engrossing even the most experienced birdwatcher.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. on Meon sea-front (SU535 023, PO14 3JT, ///racks.comic.promising)