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Short Eared owl @ Titchfield Gaven 27may21 by Steve Payce
Short-eared Owl, Titchfield Haven, by Steve Payce

A very good variety of spring overshoots were seen during May. The Black Stork in the New Forest was seen again flying over Burley (1st). A Purple Heron arrived at Fishlake Meadows (27th, 29th). A Woodchat Shrike was also in the New Forest at Rowbarrow (29th). Two Red-rumped Swallows were at Farlington Marshes (10th), followed by one at Titchfield Canal Path (11th). A Great Reed Warbler was at Itchen Valley Country Park (23rd). A Bee-eater flew over Hannington (25th) and a Serin was at Pennington Marsh (12th). Up to eighteen Cattle Egrets were at the colony at Langstone Mill Pond, with others at Barton-on-Sea (2, 7th), Lepe (12th) and Pennington (31st). One or two Great White Egrets lingered at Fishlake Meadows and there were single sightings further up the Test at Bransbury Common (7th) and Longparish (27th).

The wader highlight was a summer plumaged Grey Phalarope briefly in Chichester Harbour (28th), followed by a Red-necked Phalarope at Pennington (31st). Three Curlew Sandpipers were in Langstone Harbour (15th) and up to two Little Stints were at Pennington (28th-31st). Wood Sandpipers were at Farlington Marshes (6th-10th), Pennington (2nd-6th) and Lepe (25th-26th). A Spotted Redshank lingered at Normandy Marsh until the 5th.

The best of the spring sea passage came from a Long-tailed Skua seen passing Hurst Beach and then Needs Ore (9th). The only Pomarine Skua sightings of the spring came from Lee-on-the-Solent and Sandy Point (10th), but Arctic and Great Skuas were seen more regularly along the coast. Black-throated Divers passed Hurst Beach (3rd) and Taddiford (9th). Manx Shearwaters were seen from Sandy Point (3rd), Milford-on-Sea (4, 3rd), Lee-on-the-Solent (2, 20th, 21st), Hayling Island (21st) and Chilling (2, 21st). Black Terns were at Keyhaven/Pennington (1st, 8th), Lee-on-the-Solent (4, 8th), Hill Head (9th), Gosport (21st) and Hayling Oysterbeds (22nd). Little Gulls were reported from eight sites including lingering birds at Fleet Pond and Titchfield Haven.

The Great Grey Shrike at Woolmer Pond remained until 1st May. Other winter visitors included a White-fronted Goose at Farlington Marshes and a Hen Harrier at Barton Stacey (11th), while there were Short-eared Owls at Pennington (6th), Baddesley Common (6th), Fishlake Meadows (26th, 31st) and Titchfield Canal Path (27th). Scarcer summer visitors included a Quail at Martin Down (15th, 22nd, 29th) and Ospreys at seven sites, most frequently at Fishlake Meadows. Ring Ouzels were seen twice around Old Basing (1st, 6th) while Black Redstarts were at Hill Head (1st), Southampton (6th) and Sandy Point (8th).

Tom Jordan