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American Golden Plover by Clay Jones - Aug 13th, Keyhaven
American Golden Plover by Clay Jones – Aug 13th, Keyhaven


The regular Great White Egret returned to Blashford Lakes (from 18th), with two being seen on the 27th. Other scarcities included an Osprey at Ibsley Water (30th) and a Pied Flycatcher at Snail’s Lake (31st). There were few other reports during the month, but Greenshank and Common Sandpiper were seen on Ibsley Water, as well as up to 500 Sand Martins. Three Wigeon were on Ivy Lake (30th).


Scarcities at Titchfield Haven included a Cattle Egret (4th) and Osprey (from 25th). Notable waders included Little Stint (13th), Wood Sandpiper (1-2, 1st-9th; 21st) and Spotted Redshank (2nd). Maximum counts of other waders on the scrapes or the beach included 3 Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 25 Ringed Plover, 4 Turnstone, 1 Knot, 42 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank and 1 Snipe. An influx of Black Terns towards the end of the month saw ten at Brownwich and 20 at Lee-on-the Solent on the 24th, with eight still at the latter site the next day and ten off Titchfield Haven on the 26th. Also at Hill Head were maxima of 267 Common Tern and 24 Little Tern, plus Kittiwake (10th) and two Arctic Skuas (4th). A Wryneck was at Hook-with-Warsash (29th), which also saw up to six Black Terns towards the end of the month, plus an Osprey (30th).


The highlight at Farlington Marshes was two Wrynecks (26th-30th). Migrant waders included Ruff (2nd-4th), Curlew Sandpiper (3rd, 31st), Little Stint (13th, 27th), Wood Sandpiper (2nd-3rd) and Spotted Redshank (1st-31st), with counts of other species including 1 Avocet, 90 Grey Plover, 9 Ringed Plover, 3 Knot, 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper and 20 Greenshank. One or two Ospreys were present (from 15th), while 14 Black Terns were in the harbour (24th). Up to ten Cattle Egrets continued to be seen at their breeding colony on Langstone Mill Pond. A flock of thirty released White Storks flew over Hayling Island (23rd). Other sightings from Hayling included a Wood Sandpiper over Black Point (13th), singles of Arctic Tern and Arctic Skua also there (9th), ten Black Terns in Chichester Harbour (25th) and three Pied Flycatchers at Northney (27th)


The highlight at Keyhaven was a brief American Golden Plover (13th). Almost as rare was a Tree Sparrow flying over (25th). Waders included Curlew Sandpiper (26th; 2, 28th), Little Stint (13th), Wood Sandpiper (2, 3rd; 5th), Spotted Redshank (2, 1st-30th) and Ruff (28th). Maxima of other species included 8 Avocet, 42 Grey Plover, 35 Ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 391 Black-tailed Godwit, 38 Turnstone, 11 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 47 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank and 2 Snipe. Three Pied Flycatchers were seen during the month, plus a Turtle Dove (27th). Raptors included Osprey (1st) and regular Marsh Harrier. A Mandarin (30th) was a rare visitor, while up to four Brent Geese continued their summer on the reserve. Offshore there were up to 36 Eider, one or two Common Scoter and three Goosanders. Seawatching at Milford-on-Sea produced a Storm Petrel (10th), with Fulmar, Kittiwake, Arctic Tern and Arctic Skua also seen on that date.


In the lower Test valley, up to five Great White Egrets were at Fishlake Meadows throughout, with two also at Lower Test (27th). Ospreys were also mobile in that area, with up to two at Fishlake, plus sightings at Lower Test, Eling, Nursling and Timsbury. Marsh Harrier was at Fishlake on two dates (13th, 24th) and a Wood Sandpiper was at Testwood Lakes (10th). Twenty-six released White Storks flew over Totton (23rd), with three then seen over Norleywood (25th). A male Montagu’s Harrier was at Havant Ticket (19th), a Honey Buzzard flew over Old Basing (30th) and Ospreys were at Lepe, Highbridge, Old Basing and Holbury. An arrival of Black Terns saw an impressive 38 off Weston Shore (24th), plus 15 off Portsmouth on that date and six off Calshot (30th). Pied Flycatchers also arrived in good numbers with records from 26 sites, almost all inland. The Vyne had Wood Sandpiper (1st-7th, 22nd-25th) and Marsh Harrier (31st). Fleet Pond held a Garganey (1st-20th) and Arctic Tern (23rd). Alresford Pond had a Wood Sandpiper (5th-9th), plus up to 20 Green Sandpipers, Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Snipe. A late singing Quail was reported on several occasions from Martin Down.

Tom Jordan

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