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HAMPSHIRE SUMMARY FOR JULY 2018

Curlew Sandpiper by Martin Bennett - July 24th, Pennington Marshes
Curlew Sandpipers by Martin Bennett – July 24th, Pennington Marshes

BLASHFORD LAKES AND THE AVON VALLEY

A Great White Egret was at Ivy Lake (13th-14th). Peak counts from Ibsley Water were of 52 Egyptian Geese, 3 Mandarins, 180 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 1 Pintail (21st), 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank and 20 Common Terns. Ivy Lake had two Wigeon (30th), a Green Sandpiper (17th) and three Mediterranean Gulls (17th).

LYMINGTON TO MILFORD-ON-SEA

Up to 11 Spoonbills were at Pennington Marshes (5th-17th). Notable passage waders in the Keyhaven/Pennington area included Curlew Sandpiper (max. 3, 20th-28th), Little Stint (18th; 2, 20th-22nd) and Spotted Redshank (from 28th). Monthly maxima of other waders were 8 Avocet, 3 Grey Plover, 10 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 118 Curlew, 219 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Turnstone, 5 Knot, 480 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 16 Greenshank and 6 Snipe. Up to 141 Little Egrets were present in the area. Wildfowl included a single Pintail (13th), with up to 31 Eider offshore, plus three Goosander (21st). A single Yellow Wagtail was present (19th-21st), plus the first two Wheatears of the autumn (31st). Milford-on-Sea produced three Arctic Skuas and an Arctic Tern (both 28th), while a Black Tern was on Sturt Pond (29th).

LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND

Peak counts of waders at Farlington Marshes were 1 Golden Plover (11th), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 90 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff (12th-18th), 200 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank (8th-10th) and 12 Greenshank. Early migrants included singles of Whinchat (6th) and Wheatear (12th).

HILL HEAD TO HAMBLE

Two Roseate Terns were at Hill Head and Titchfield Haven (11th-25th). Black Terns were present in good numbers towards the end of the month (6, 21st; 25, 26th; 10, 27th; 3, 28th). Passage waders started to appear on the scrapes, with maximum counts of 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 71 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Ruff (3rd), 3 Common Sandpipers and 3 Green Sandpipers. Marsh Harriers nested again, fledging two young. Also present were 3 Barnacle Geese (7th). Also at Hill Head were Common Scoter (1, 2/7; 12 21/7), Kittiwake (29th) and Yellow-legged Gull (max. 2, 3rd-26th). Hook-with-Warsash had a Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint (both 19th), Avocet (7, 10th; 1, 30th), Black Terns (2, 30th) and Yellow-legged Gull (4th-31st).

ELSEWHERE

A Sooty Shearwater was rescued from Southampton Water off Hythe (27th). Up to two Ospreys were at Fishlake Meadows (from 20th). A Wood Sandpiper was at Testwood Lakes (21st-30th), with another at Woolmer Pond (30th). A Quail was singing at Broughton Down (22nd). Two Black Terns were at Calshot (30th). Up to 16 Little Ringed Plovers were at Edenbrook Country Park (Fleet). Yellow-legged Gulls were at Fleet Pond (1st-19th), Eversley Common (max. 5, 3rd-31st), Lower Test (9th, 13th), Busta Triangle (3, 14th) and Edenbrook CP (28th). A Marsh Harrier was at Alresford Pond (25th).

Tom Jordan

August 8th, 2018