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Red-necked Phalarope by Andy Tew - June 1st, Pennington
Red-necked Phalarope by Andy Tew – June 1st, Pennington


It was a quiet month at Blashford Lakes, with the highlight being two Little Terns on Ibsley Water on the 3rd, with one still on the 5th. Marsh Harrier was seen twice (10th, 21st) as well as two Hobbies. Two Whimbrel were seen on the 1st, plus Common Sandpiper later in the month. A Wigeon was on Ivy Lake on the 1st. Elsewhere in the Avon Valley, a Marsh Harrier was at Somerley Park (17th).


The Squacco Heron returned to the Posbrook Floods (8th-9th) after disappearing for two weeks. A Great White Egret also dropped in there on the 11th. At Titchfield Haven, two Roseate Terns were on the scrapes on the 28th, plus a Garganey (28th-30th) and a Spoonbill on three dates. The start of the month saw Common Sandpiper (2nd) and Sanderling (7 on 9th) representing the last of spring passage, but only a day later autumn began with the first Green Sandpiper (10th). By the end of the month there were 90 Avocets, 75 Black-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank present. A Goshawk was seen on the 28th. Eight Common Scoter were offshore (9th). At Hook-with-Warsash a Yellow-legged Gull was present throughout the month, while passage waders included Whimbrel, Sanderling, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover. An Osprey flew over Hamble Common (22nd).


It was a quiet month at Farlington, with the most notable report being a Spoonbill on the 22nd. Autumn wader passage began with the first Common Sandpiper and Greenshank at the end of the month. On Hayling Island, three Manx Shearwaters passed Sandy Point on the 13th. Meanwhile, at least four pairs of Cattle Egret were discovered to be breeding at Langstone Mill Pond, the first breeding record for Hampshire


At Pennington Marshes, the Red-necked Phalarope from May was still on Fishtail Lagoon on the 1st. Up to three Spoonbills continued to be seen regularly. Green Sandpiper (19th), Spotted Redshank (23rd) and two Greenshank (29th) were among the first returning waders. Monthly maxima of other waders included one Grey Plover, one Whimbrel, 28 Curlew, 125 Black-tailed Godwits, one Turnstone, one Knot, five Sanderling and 75 Dunlin. Wildfowl included two Brent Geese, two Pintail, a family of five Goosander and up to 34 Eiders. Seven shearwaters were off Milford-on-Sea on the 8th, but were too distant to be sure of species. There were also records from Milford of Fulmar, Common Scoter, Shag and Kittiwake.


Rarities elsewhere included an elusive Icterine Warbler at Colemore (18th-19th), while the Squacco Heron briefly dropped in at Testwood Lakes on the 2nd. Thirty Cattle Egrets flew over Trigpoint Hill (Timsbury) on the 8th, while Great White Egrets were at Weston Shore (1st) and Lepe (23rd). A Whooper Swan at Avon Causeway (2nd-8th) was a surprise for mid-summer. More expected were three Quail at Over Wallop (8th). Reports of scarcer raptors included Osprey at Bransbury Common (9th), Marsh Harrier at Fishlake Meadows (29th) and Hen Harrier over the M3 at North Warnborough (4th).

Tom Jordan