BLASHFORD LAKES AND THE NEW FOREST
A fairly quiet mid-summer month at Blashford, although the best bird was saved until last when a summer plumaged Black-necked Grebe was seen on Ibsley Water (30th). Also there was a 2cy Little Gull was a (15th-16th), as well as a peak of over 1000 Swifts overhead (5th and 8th). Passage waders started returning at the end of the month, with Common Sandpiper (26th) followed by 20 Black-tailed Godwits (28th). On Ivy Lake, an unseasonable Wigeon was seen (29th). In the New Forest, a Serin was seen at Acres Down (1st), while an Osprey flew over Piper’s Wait (3rd).
LYMINGTON TO MILFORD-ON-SEA
A quiet month on the Lymington marshes. Returning passage waders included Spotted Redshank (22nd) and Common Sandpiper (20th), with month-high counts of other species including 85 Black-tailed Godwit (15th), 11 Grey Plover (3rd) and a single Sanderling (6th and 15th). Four Bearded Tits were seen (14th). Offshore there was a Red-breasted Merganser (15th) and eight Eiders (11th). At Milford-on-Sea, the first Balearic Shearwater of the year flew east (5th), while a Kittiwake was also seen (6th).
LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND
Hampshire’s birding highlight for June was on Hayling Island, where an Elegant Tern was found at Fishery Creek (7th), and then seen again off Sandy Point (9th). Although only seen by a handful of observers, it has subsequently been seen at Pagham Harbour and Brownsea Island, so hopes are that it could return! A Roseate Tern was also reported from the Hayling Oysterbeds (12th). There were several interesting reports from the sea off Sandy Point, including Storm Petrel (3 on 9th), Manx Shearwater (2 on 7th), Arctic Skua (10th), Great Skua (6th), Kittiwake (8 on 10th), Little Gull (21st) and Fulmar (7 on 10th). Also at Sandy Point, the site’s second Serin of the year was seen (1st), while a male Long-tailed Duck was seen flying into Chichester Harbour (14th). At Farlington, the male Ruff continued (to 23rd). Also seen there were a pair of Pochard (2nd), a pair of Pintail (29th), and 8 Bearded Tits (25th).
HILL HEAD TO HAMBLE
The most notable bird at Titchfield Haven this month was a Marsh Warbler (12th). A Cattle Egret was also seen (10th), first flying over Posbrook and then amongst cattle at the Haven. The Little Gull that has been present since 2016 was last reported on the 4th, perhaps having finally departed the area. Other notable reports from Titchfield Haven included a Spoonbill flying east (15th), a Ruff at Hill Head (10th), and the first returning Green Sandpipers (17th, 30th). On the sea off the Hill Head area, Common Scoters were present most of the month (6th-29th), peaking at 60 (7th), while a Shag was also seen (30th). Elsewhere in the area, a Storm Petrel was seen off Chilling (7th) and a Great White Egret was on the Hamble (12th), while Hook-with-Warsash held two Little Gulls (3rd), a Yellow-legged Gull (16th) and two Green Sandpipers (30th).
A few spring semi-rarities were reported, including a Wryneck at Noar Hill (1st) and a Bee-eater over South Warnborough (19th). Great White Egrets continued to be seen at Fishlake Meadows (2nd-29th), with a daily maximum of three birds (16th, 17th, 26th). Other sightings from Fishlake included up to four Hobby (1st-26th) and an unseasonable Pintail (29th). Quail were at Over Wallop (up to two, 2nd-6th) and Ladle Hill (up to 3, 19th-27th). Inland feeding movements of Mediterranean Gulls were noted by many observers, including 110 over Leigh Park (1st) and 130 at Cranbury Park (21st). Yellow-legged Gulls were at Lower Test (23rd-24th) and Fleet Pond (30th). Also at Lower Test was the first returning Green Sandpiper (15th).
July 5th, 2017