Bird News

HAMPSHIRE SUMMARY FOR OCTOBER 2018

Black Redstart by Bob Marchant - Oct 15th, Meon Shore
Black Redstart by Bob Marchant – Oct 15th, Meon Shore

BLASHFORD LAKES AND THE AVON VALLEY

The regular Ferruginous Duck returned to Ibsley Water (1st-5th). A Cattle Egret was again on Ibsley Water (28th), while up to three Great White Egrets were present throughout. A Bittern was at Ivy Lake (1st, 5th). Scarcer migrants on Ibsley included Wood Sandpiper (1st-6th), Black Tern (2nd) and Little Gull (4, 16th; 1, 28th). A late Honey Buzzard flew over (8th), while a Marsh Harrier was at Ivy Lake (24th) and Ibsley Water (25th). Up to two Water Pipits were on Ibsley (from 25th) and White-fronted Goose flew over (1st). 51 Goosander and 14 Goldeneye had arrived by the end of the month.

HILL HEAD TO HAMBLE

Scarcities at Titchfield Haven included Great White Egret (max. 2) and Yellow-browed Warbler (9th, 21st-24th). Also seen there were Ruff (max. 3, 1st-5th), Little Gull (5th), Short-eared Owl (19th-21st) and Merlin (12th). Up to two Black Redstarts were at Hill Head (7th-15th). Offshore were Red-throated Diver (4th), Guillemot (31st), Razorbill (28th) and Arctic Tern (3 on 27th). Reports from Hook-with-Warsash included Ruff (19th) and Short-eared Owl (22nd), while a Merlin was at Chilling (30th).

LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND

A Rough-legged Buzzard flew west across Farlington Marshes (29th). Notable waders were Little Stint (4th), Spotted Redshank (2, 1st-4th; 1, 24th-25th) and Jack Snipe (max. 3, 9th-31st). A Great White Egret was present briefly on the 20th. A Marsh Harrier was seen on four dates, an Osprey was in Langstone Harbour (9th-10th) and a Short-eared Owl was reported once (8th). Other notable reports from Farlington were Ring Ouzel (20th) and Water Pipit (24th). Up to three Black-necked Grebes were in Langstone Harbour (from 6th). A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Bedhampton (15th). On Hayling Island, Yellow-browed Warblers were at Sandy Point (8th) and Sinah Warren (9th). A very late Little Ringed Plover was at Black Point (11th), where there was also a Great White Egret (28th). A Short-eared Owl was at Sinah Golf Course (27th).

LYMINGTON TO MILFORD-ON-SEA

Six Pomarine Skuas off Pennington on 26th was notable, as were 16 White-fronted Geese flying east on the same date. A Lapland Bunting flew over on 21st. A Cattle Egret was seen on two dates (20th, 28th), while five Spoonbills flew east on 30th. Waders on the marshes included the lingering Temminck’s Stint (to 9th), plus Ruff (28th), Curlew Sandpiper (10th, 13th), Little Stint (8th-19th) and Spotted Redshank (max. 5). A Long-tailed Duck was offshore from the Oxey Marsh area (17th-28th). A Merlin was seen regularly (13th-27th), plus a Short-eared Owl (29th). A Red-necked Grebe flew past Hurst Beach (13th).

ELSEWHERE

A remarkable 56 Cattle Egrets were at Trigpoint Hill, Timsbury on the 24th. Another Cattle Egret was at Brambridge (15th), while Great White Egrets were at Fishlake Meadows (max. 3), Testwood Lakes (max. 2), Romsey (13th), Otterbourne (19th), Lower Test (25th) and Heath Pond, Petersfield (28th-31st). The Pectoral Sandpiper remained at The Vyne (to 14th). A Wryneck was in Basingstoke (15th). The first Great Grey Shrikes of the winter were at Black Gutter Bottom (25th) and Shatterford (29th-31st). Ring Ouzels were at nine sites, with a maximum of four around Leadenhall in the New Forest (9th-18th). Away from aforementioned sites, Yellow-browed Warblers were at Basingstoke (13th), Lakeside Country Park (18th), Southampton (18th), Fishlake Meadows (23rd) and Chandler’s Ford (28th, 30th). A Garganey remained at Edenbrook Country Park (to 4th). A Pink-footed Goose was at Lower Test (25th), where there was also a Short-eared Owl (29th). An Osprey was over Locks Heath (1st).

Tom Jordan