HAMPSHIRE BIRD SIGHTINGS FOR FEBRUARY 2020
BLASHFORD LAKES AND THE AVON VALLEY
The regular Ferruginous Duck was reported twice on Kingfisher Lake (1st, 14th). Other long-stayers included the Long-tailed Duck and one or two Black-necked Grebes on Ibsley Water, but there was only one report of Great White Egret this month (14th). Roosting gulls included a single Caspian Gull at Ibsley on the 1st, plus up to four Yellow-legged Gulls. A Common Sandpiper continued to be seen occasionally on Ibsley, while breeding Oystercatchers had arrived by the end of the month.
HILL HEAD TO HAMBLE
The highlight at Titchfield Haven was a Penduline Tit seen once along the canal path (18th). Other species reported at the Haven included two Yellow-legged Gulls (22nd) and up to five Water Pipits. Offshore were a Velvet Scoter (6th-7th), Slavonian Grebe (24th), Great Northern Diver and maxima of 21 Eider and 7 Common Scoters. A Black Redstart continued to be seen at Lee-on-the-Solent. Further up the coast, offshore from Hook-with-Warsash were a Slavonian Grebe (19th), Red-throated Diver (8th), two Great Northern Divers
LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND
A Spoonbill was at Farlington Marshes on three dates (4th, 23rd, 29th). In Langstone Harbour the Long-tailed Duck was seen a couple of times (1st, 5th), plus a Slavonian Grebe (5th) and up to 14 Black-necked Grebes. Up to five Cattle Egrets continued at Warblington. In Chichester Harbour there were up to seven Slavonian Grebes and six Great Northern Divers.
LYMINGTON TO MILFORD-ON-SEA
Up to eight Spoonbills remained on the Lymington-Keyhaven marshes during February. A Hen Harrier flew over Iley Point (5th). Wintering waders included 14 Avocet, five Ruff, four Spotted Redshank and the Purple Sandpiper. Offshore were a Long-tailed Duck (5th), up to four Slavonian Grebes and a Great Northern Diver (12th). The Great Bustard was seen a couple of times at Keyhaven. An Iceland Gull flew past Milford-on-Sea (24th). Also seen there were Great Skua, Red-throated Diver, Kittiwake and Yellow-legged Gull. A Black Redstart was at Hurst Castle (6th).
There were several sightings of a likely Pacific Diver off Weston Shore (13th-14th). A Hoopoe attracted many visitors to the Badminston Common area throughout the month. A White-tailed Eagle not from the Isle of Wight introduction scheme was seen a number of times in the New Forest, while the Grey Grey Shrike continued to be seen in the Holmhill area. A couple of Great White Egrets were seen at Fishlake Meadows and other nearby sites. A Lesser Whitethroat was in a garden in Southampton. Other scarce wintering passerines included Black Redstarts at Middle Wallop, Fawley and Moorcourt and up to eleven Water Pipits at Alresford watercress beds. Portsmouth Harbour had a Scaup (2nd, 5th), a Long-tailed Duck and two Great Northern Divers, while the upper reaches of Southampton Water held a Slavonian Grebe and up to six Great Northern Divers. An early Garganey was at Lepe (23rd), but no other spring migrants had arrived by the end of the month. Also seen at Lepe were a Spoonbill (26th) and Great Skua (21st).