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Bewick's Swan by Gareth Rees - Jan 14th, Harbridge
Bewick’s Swan by Gareth Rees – Jan 14th, Harbridge


A drake Lesser Scaup was on Ibsley Water (20/1), while the regular Ferruginous Duck was on Kingfisher Lake throughout. Up to two Great White Egrets were present, plus a single Bittern at Ivy Lake, where there was also a Yellow-browed Warbler (from 8/1). Roosting gulls on Ibsley Water included up to two Caspian Gulls and six Yellow-legged Gulls. Other scarcer species on Ibsley included a Black-necked Grebe, Marsh Harrier on eight dates and up to two Water Pipits. Maxima of wildfowl included 13 Pintail, 87 Pochard, 18 Goldeneye and 89 Goosander. Elsewhere in the Avon Valley, a Bewick’s Swan was at Harbridge (3/1-19/1) and a Great White Egret was at Bickton (17/1, 20/1).


Notable reports from Titchfield Haven included a Great White Egret (5/1), Hen Harrier (12/1-14/1), Merlin (16/1, 30/1) and up to 13 Water Pipits along the canal path. Offshore there were reports of Red-throated Diver (max. 3), Black-throated Diver (21/1), Great Northern Diver on four dates, Slavonian Grebe (13/1), plus Eider, Common Scoter, Kittiwake and Razorbill. Four Goosanders were seen on several dates. A Black Redstart was at Meon Shore (1/1). A Great Northern Diver was in the Hamble Estuary (1/1-2/1).


A Smew off Broadmarsh (29/1) was the first in Hampshire for a few years. Black-necked Grebes off the Oysterbeds peaked at 18. Notable reports from Farlington Marshes included Avocet (max. 50), Jack Snipe (3/1-6/1, 21/1), Sandwich Tern (4 on 6/1), Merlin (6/1) and Water Pipit (6/1-8/1, 25/1). the Ferruginous Duck remained at Bedhampton (to 17/1). All three divers were seen in Hayling Bay, plus Black-throated in Chichester Harbour (3/1). Also in the area were an Iceland Gull in Portsmouth Harbour (25/1) and a Short-eared Owl over Cosham (18/1). Black Redstarts were seen in the Portsmouth area on five dates, plus twice at Eastoke on Hayling Island. A Great Skua was off Southsea Castle (19/1), plus Red-throated and Great Northern Divers, Shag, Razorbill and up to nine Purple Sandpipers.


A drake Scaup was at Keyhaven (to 22/1) then at Normandy (23/1-30/1). A Pink-footed Goose was at Pennington (1/1). Notable species reported offshore were Velvet Scoter (2 on 1/1), Red-throated Diver (1/1, 6/1, 15/1-23/1), Great Northern Diver (5/1, 21/1) and Slavonian Grebe (17/1). Up to nine Spoonbills were in the area, while the Bittern was seen once (11/1). Waders included Avocet (max. 16), Ruff (max. 4) and Spotted Redshanks (max. 7). A Short-eared Owl was at Keyhaven (2/1-5/1), while Merlin was seen once (14/1). A Black-throated Diver was off Milford-on-Sea (1/1), plus up to four Red-throated Divers.


The White-tailed Eagle continued to be seen in the New Forest until the 11th, and was then reported again near Broughton (25/1). Also in the New Forest, a Great Grey Shrike was in the Crab Tree Bog area throughout, with another seen twice around Black Gutter Bottom (1/1, 22/1). A White Stork of unknown origin flew over Lower Test (6/1). Up to four Great White Egrets continued to be seen at Fishlake Meadows, with others at Eversley GP (2/1, 4/1), Skidmore (12/1), Longparish (13/1, 27/1), Lee (19/1) and Testwood Lakes (23/1). Two Cattle Egrets were at Warblington (from 4/1). Up to eight Spoonbills were at Inchmery. A Bittern was seen at Testwood Lakes on three dates. The Pink-footed Goose remained at Lower Test, while a White-fronted Goose was at Fishlake Meadows (3/1). Eleven Waxwings in Totton were appreciated by many visitors (to 6/1). Other Waxwing records were one or two in Basingstoke on three dates, four in Emsworth (4/1) and three in Petersfield (24/1). Two Black-necked Grebes and a Long-tailed Duck continued off Weston Shore, where there was also a Little Gull (6/1), plus Shag, Guillemot and Razorbill.

Tom Jordan