The returning drake Ferruginous Duck appeared on Ibsley Water (24th-26th). The Great White Egret was also seen on Ibsley throughout, joined by a second individual on the 25th. Ospreys were seen at Ivy Lake on three occasions (2nd, 14th, 26th). A Grey Phalarope was on Ibsley Water (11th-14th), with another further down the valley at Ripley Farm Reservoir (11th-13th). Other waders on Ibsley included up to two Ruff (5th-20th, 28th), Turnstone (2nd), Dunlin (max 6. on 25th), Greenshank (2 on 5th), Black-tailed Godwit (10th), Ringed Plover (13th, 25th), plus Green and Common Sandpipers. Black Terns were seen on several dates (2 on 3rd, singles 11th-14th, 28th), as well as Arctic Terns (2 on 10th). A late Swift lingered (3rd-13th) while other hirundines peaked at 7000 House Martins (11th), 1500 Swallow (10th) and 700 Sand Martin (5th).
LYMINGTON TO MILFORD-ON-SEA
The Keyhaven/Pennington area held a Red-necked Phalarope (28th), along with Grey Phalaropes at Oxey Marsh (8th), Pennington (17th) and Keyhaven Lagoon (21st-24th), the latter of which showed at point blank range to many observers. An elusive Wryneck was at Keyhaven (23rd-30th), while a Yellow-browed Warbler was at Pennington Marsh (18th). Spoonbills were present throughout (max. 8 on 3rd). Waders at Keyhaven/Pennington included up to two Little Stints (26th-29th), Wood Sandpiper (2nd), Avocet (29th), Spotted Redshank (max. 10 on 30th) and Ruff (max. 2), while the only Curlew Sandpiper of the autumn was at Normandy Marsh (7th-9th). Marsh Harriers were seen several times (9th, 17th, 29th, 30th) and a Merlin was at Oxey Marsh (8th). Terns at Pennington included Black Tern (3rd, 9th-10th), Arctic Tern (7th, 2 on 17th). The seawatching highlight was a Sabine’s Gull west into Hurst Narrows (12th). Reports from Milford-on-Sea included Avocet (5W on 15th), Arctic Skua (8th, 15th) and Shag (15th), while two Arctic Skuas and a Fulmar flew west off Pennington (3rd). Finally, an estimated 5000 Meadow Pipits flew west at Milford-on-Sea (15th).
LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND
Highlights from Farlington Marshes included five Great White Egrets flying west (19th), followed by six flying west on the 24th. The Pectoral Sandpiper from August was last seen on the 3rd. Other waders included Curlew Sandpiper (max. 2 from 7th-12th, max. 4 from 21st-27th), Little Stint (6th-7th, max. 5 from 19th-29th), up to two Ruff throughout, up to three Spotted Redshank throughout, and an Avocet (24th). Other notable reports from Farlington included Garganey (6th), Marsh Harrier (12th) and a late Cuckoo (29th). An Osprey was in Langstone Harbour (to 9th), as well as three Black Terns (5th) and a Shag (5th). On Hayling Island, a Grey Phalarope was by the Hayling Billy Path (15th-20th). Other notable records on Hayling all came from the Sandy Point area and included Red-throated Diver (24th), Osprey (24th), Little Stint (27th), Arctic Skua (3 on 3rd), Black Tern (max. 18 on 6th), Arctic Tern (3rd-4th), Guillemot (3rd), Kittiwake (3rd) and Little Gull (3rd, 6th).
HILL HEAD TO HAMBLE
The highlight at Titchfield Haven this month was a Pectoral Sandpiper (1st-5th). Other waders included Little Stint (2nd-6th, 2 from 23rd-30th), up to five Ruff, Spotted Redshank (9th) and Avocet (7th, 18th). Up to two Marsh Harriers continued to be seen daily. Little Gulls were seen on two dates (4th, 30th), while terns off Hill Head included Black Tern (2 on 3rd, 1 on 17th) and Arctic Tern (2 on 3rd, 8 on 30th). Migrants included Pied Flycatcher (1st), Redstart (30th), Whinchat (max. 3), Wheatear (max. 2), and a maximum of 219 Yellow Wagtails into roost (4th). Highlights from Hook-with-Warsash included Curlew Sandpiper (10th), Ruff (26th), Black Tern (max. 7), Arctic Tern (6 on 5th), Kittiwake (5th), Little Gull (5th) and Marsh Harrier (11th).
Three Cattle Egrets were at Lower Test (3rd), along with an Osprey (to 5th). Fishlake Meadows held up to two Great White Egrets (24th-30th), up to two Osprey (to 15th) and Marsh Harrier (2 on 6th). Another Great White Egret was seen at Inchmery (30th). Other sightings from the Inchmery/Lepe area included a Grey Phalarope (9th-12th), Osprey (7th), Marsh Harrier (27th), Guillemot (21st), Razorbill (23rd), Little Gull (22nd), and a late Little Ringed Plover (23rd). There was a notable influx of Black Terns into Southampton Water, peaking at 25 off Weston Shore (8th). Other records from Weston Shore included Ruff (4 on 10th, 1 on 21st), Guillemot (17th) and Arctic Tern (max. 2 from 9th-30th). The first Black-necked Grebe of the autumn was off Calshot (26th), where there was also a Little Stint (26th). Three Spoonbills flew west off Gilkicker Point (24th). Pied Flycatchers were seen at Hedge End (2nd), IBM Lake, Cosham (9th), Swanmore (9th), Blackwater Arboretum (9th), Hut Wood (10th) and Old Basing (11th), while a Black Redstart was at Woolston (23rd-24th). The last Swifts of the year were two over Chandler’s Ford (24th). Records from Alresford Pond included Garganey (4th), two Black-tailed Godwits (29th-30th) and up to 15 Green Sandpipers. The Vyne held two Ruff (26th-28th), Black-tailed Godwit (4th-27th) and Greenshank (5th-6th). Fleet Pond had a Black Tern (5th) and Common Scoter (19th). Trigpoint Hill, Timsbury had an Osprey south (6th) and a Merlin (27th), while a Marsh Harrier flew over Hannington (16th).
October 5th, 2017