I’ve finally had a chance to sit down and catch up with posting some photos I was sent last week. Jim Craise spotted 9 Red Breasted Mergansers from Milton’s hidden seashore and sent me two pictures. I’ve seen these before in other places around the Solent, but not at Milton Locks. These handsome ducks have narrow, saw-edged bills which are perfect for catching small fish in the harbour. Personally, I also think that they are serious contenders for the ‘best duck hair style’ award.
Orsolya Pap, who is one of the mums from our Friday Home Education group, sent me a really interesting photo which I’ve been looking forward to sharing. It is a close up of what was under her feet in the spot where she was standing on the shore. You can see in the photo that this particular area of the beach is made up almost entirely of tiny Hydrobia snail shells. More than any photo we’ve posted so far, this is a really good incentive to a stop and have a closer look at things when we are outdoors.