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HAMPSHIRE SUMMARY FOR AUGUST 2018

Red-backed Shrike by Bob Marchant - Aug 27th, Hook-with-Warsash
Red-backed Shrike by Bob Marchant – Aug 27th, Hook-with-Warsash

BLASHFORD LAKES AND THE AVON VALLEY

The regular Great White Egret frequented Ivy Lake (1st-8th, 28th-29th) with a second bird then being seen on Ibsley Water (29th). Ibsley Water also hosted two Cattle Egrets (30th). A single Black Tern was on Ibsley Water (27th) and an Osprey flew over Kingfisher Lake (30th).

LYMINGTON TO MILFORD-ON-SEA

Spoonbills were only reported at Pennington Marshes on two dates this month (20th, 3 on 26th). Ospreys were seen on two dates (7th, 17th) but Marsh Harrier was only reported once (27th). Scarcer waders included Curlew Sandpiper (4th, 8th), Little Stint (3 on 7th), Spotted Redshank (1-2 throughout) and Ruff (9th). Maximum counts of other waders were 11 Avocets, 53 Grey Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 13 Ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 136 Curlew, 195 Black-tailed Godwit, 47 Turnstone, 10 Knot, 4 Sanderling, 680 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper and 4 Greenshank. Offshore from Keyhaven/Pennington was a Great Skua (27th) and Arctic Skua (13th), while two Arctic Skuas went past Milford-on-Sea (10th). Passerine migrants included a Pied Flycatcher at Keyhaven (12th).

LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND

Highlights from Farlington Marshes included a White Stork flying over (25th) and Cattle Egret (18th). Waders included Curlew Sandpiper (max. 3, 3rd-5th), Little Stint (12th), Ruff (30th) and Spotted Redshank from (12th). A single Garganey was present (31st). Other passage migrants included Whinchat (max. 6), Wheatear (max. 2), Yellow Wagtail (max. 15), Spotted Flycatcher (21st, 30th). Up to two Ospreys were in Langstone Harbour (from 22nd), as well as a Black Tern (29th). On Hayling Island there was a Wryneck on the golf course (31st). Wood Sandpipers flew over Fishery Creek on two dates (2nd, 6th). Pied Flycatchers were at Sandy Point on three dates (3rd, 24th, 25th). Three Ospreys were in Chichester Harbour (29th).

HILL HEAD TO HAMBLE

Highlights from Titchfield Haven included a Spotted Crake (4th), Great White Egret (two on 1st, singles 2nd-3rd and 28th-29th) and Spoonbill (22nd). Passagers waders included Wood Sandpiper (max. 3, 4th-26th), Spotted Redshank (21st-23rd) and Ruff (24th, 28th-30th). A Pied Flycatcher was ringed (4th). Roosting Yellow Wagtails peaked at 220 (28th). Terns at Hill Head included Roseate Tern (23rd), Black Tern (20th, 24th, 27th, 31st) and Arctic Tern (max. 4), along with up to 650 Common Terns. Also at Hill Head was an Arctic Skua (26th) and Yellow-legged Gull (24th-25th). At Hook-with-Warsash, a Red-backed Shrike was at Workman’s Lane (27th).

ELSEWHERE

Lepe had an Aquatic Warbler (21st), as well as Osprey (4th), Marsh Harrier (4th, 5th, 15th) and Pied Flycatcher (4th). A Spotted Crake at Ramptons Lane (22nd) was the first record for the Basingstoke and Deane borough. Wrynecks were at Hinton Ampner (20th-21st) and North Baddesley (30th). Two Tree Sparrows were in Alton (26th). Testwood Lakes had a Great White Egret (29th) and Garganey (27th-29th), while Fishlake Meadows was home to single Great White Egret and Osprey throughout the month. Edenbrook Country Park (Fleet) had a Garganey (20th-21st) and a Black-tailed Godwit (5th-6th), while Fleet Pond held Black Tern (26th, 31st), Arctic Tern (12th) and Pied Flycatcher (20th). Alresford Pond had Marsh Harrier (23rd), Black-tailed Godwit (5th-9th), Ringed Plover (23rd) and up to 11 Green Sandpipers. A Wood Sandpiper remained at Woolmer Pond (to 3rd). A great inland record was 22 Black-tailed Godwits flying over Winnall Moors (23rd).

Tom Jordan