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Black-tailed Godwit by Gareth Rees - Jun 13th, Pennington Marsh
Black-tailed Godwit by Gareth Rees – Jun 13th, Pennington Marsh

Several late spring overshoots were seen during June, including a Kentish Plover at Weston Shore on the 11th, a Red-rumped Swallow over Romsey on the 16th and the second Rose-coloured Starling of the year briefly in a Fareham garden on the 6th. A Red-footed Falcon was seen over Titchfield on the 11th, with another reported over Acres Down the next day. Great White Egrets were seen at six sites, most often at Fishlake Meadows, while a Spoonbill went on a tour of the Itchen valley on the 19th, being seen over Allbrook and Winchester. Further Spoonbill sightings came from Inchmery (two on 4th) and Weston Shore (two on 6th), while one or two were reported sporadically from more regular haunts in the Pennington Marshes area. An Osprey lingered at Fishlake Meadows throughout, further reports came from Lepe (1st), Avington (3rd) and Winnall Moors (13th).

A variety of waders were seen, with spring and autumn seemingly merging into one. A Little Stint (6th-7th) at Pennington Marshes was probably a tardy spring migrant but the first Green Sandpiper, at Kingsley Sand Pit on the 9th, was almost certainly on its way south. Further autumn arrivals were a Spotted Redshank at Farlington Marshes (from 12th) and the first Greenshank there (27th), but a Wood Sandpiper at Pennington on the 17th could have been going either way.

A few seabirds were picked up off coastal sites, including five Manx Shearwaters off Taddiford (27th) and Arctic Skuas off Hill Head (two on 14th) and Sandy Point (19th). A very unseasonable Red-throated Diver was seen off Netley and Weston Shore on the 2nd. Black Terns were at Hook-with-Warsash (11th), Weston Shore (11th-12th, 18th) and Fleet Pond (2, 13th) and a Little Gull was in Langstone Harbour (19th-20th). Finally, a big influx of Crossbills took place during June, with birds reported from 44 sites including a number of coastal locations.

Tom Jordan

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