Bird News

May 2018

Spoonbill by David Cuddon - May 15th, Pennington Marshes

BLASHFORD LAKES AND THE AVON VALLEY

Passage waders on Ibsley Water included Common Sandpiper (3 on 1st), Black-tailed Godwit (max. 16 on 2nd), Bar-tailed Godwit (4 on 2nd), Whimbrel (2nd) and Dunlin (2 on 10th). Other reports from Ibsley Water included an Osprey flying over (2nd) and 500 Swifts (30th). The only Black Tern of the spring was on Ivy Lake (24th). The only other report of note from elsewhere in the Avon Valley was an Osprey at Bickton (6th).

LYMINGTON TO MILFORD-ON-SEA

There were no major rarities or scarities in the Keyhaven/Pennington area this month. Waders included Curlew Sandpiper (13th-14th, 22nd) and Wood Sandpiper (3rd, 6th). Up to three Spoonbills were present throughout, plus a Short-eared Owl (7th). Offshore from the Pennington area were a Shag (2nd), Guillemot (3rd) and up to 25 Eiders. Seawatching from Milford-on-Sea produced highlights of Pomarine Skua (4 on 11th), Arctic Skua (max. 11 on 11th), Great Skua (3 on 11th), Black-throated Diver (11th), Fulmar (10 on 11th), Manx Shearwater (70 on 11th) and Kittiwake (28 on 11th).

LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND

The longstaying Scaup and Velvet Scoter in Langstone Harbour lingered just into May (to 1st). Also in Langstone Harbour were a Little Gull (8th) and an Osprey (9th). Nearby a Serin was in Havant (9th). The most notable report from Hayling Island was a Purple Heron seen flying over Hayling Bay (12th). Seawatching from Sandy Point produced Pomarine Skua (6 on 11th), Arctic Skua (16 on 11th), Roseate Tern (9th) and Manx Shearwater (42 on 11th). Also at Sandy Point were an Avocet (10th) and a Ring-necked Parakeet (8th), while a Short-eared Owl was at Beachlands (2nd).

HILL HEAD TO HAMBLE

Notable records from Titchfield Haven included Great White Egret (7th), Ruff (max. 3), Little Stint (24th) and Little Gull (7th-11th, 31st). Ospreys were overhead on two dates (10th, 13th). Seawatching highlights from Hill Head were Pomarine Skua (5 on 11th), Arctic Skua (max. 10 on 11th), Black Tern (5 on 12th), Kittiwake (max. 6 on 11th) and a Velvet Scoter (25th). A Long-tailed Duck also appeared offshore (30th-31st). A Rose-coloured Starling was briefly at Hook-with-Warsash; other records from there included Little Gull (5th, 26th) and Yellow-legged Gull (20th-22nd, 29th). Finally an Osprey was over Ranvilles Lane (13th) and a Merlin was over Stubbington (5th).

ELSEWHERE

Rarities and scarcities reported elsewhere included an Alpine Swift over Compton near Winchester (1st), a Red-footed Falcon over Noar Hill (13th), Bee-eater at Needs Ore (11th) and a Wryneck in the New Forest (10th). A White Stork was seen over Avon Causeway (3rd). A Great White Egret was at Testwood Lakes (3rd, 5th, 6th). Osprey records were concentrated in the Test valley, with reports from Lower Test (2nd, 3rd), Fishlake Meadows (4th, 10th, 16th, 28th), Braishfield (20th) and Testwood Lakes (28th). Other Ospreys were over Hamble Cliff (5th) and Portchester (13th). Sightings at Weston Shore included Arctic Skua (12th), Kittiwake (9 on 24th), Little Gull (11th) and Short-eared Owl (13th). Seawatching at Southsea produced Arctic Skua (6th), Great Skua (6th, 11th) and Black Tern (3 on 11th). Fleet Pond had Arctic Terns on three dates (max. 4 on 2nd)

Tom Jordan

June 7th, 2018