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Osprey by Andy Tew - May 28th, Fishlake meadows
Osprey by Andy Tew – May 28th, Fishlake meadows

With Covid-19 restrictions being eased during the month, there were a good number of spring rarities and scarcities found during May. The end of the month saw a run of rare terns, with a Whiskered Tern seen at Titchfield Haven (27th-28th) followed by a Caspian Tern that visited Testwood Lakes, Eling Great Marsh, Hythe and Netley on the 31st. Rarity hotspot Titchfield Haven also had a Glossy Ibis along the canal path (14th-16th), while nearby a Night Heron was at Stubbington (20th). Other spring overshoots included a Purple Heron at Farlington Marshes (24th, 31st), a Hoopoe at Broxhead Common (25th) and Bee-eaters over Hut Wood (10th), North Baddesley (10th) and Havant (11th). The influx of Rose-coloured Starlings reached Hampshire on the last day of the month, when one was briefly at Sandy Point.

There were fewer Black Kites reported than in April, but there were sightings at Itchen Valley Country Park (10th), Portsdown Hill (10th) and Winchester (16th). Other raptors included a late Hen Harrier over Stubbington (8th), Honey Buzzards over Sarisbury Green (10th) and West Liss (28th) and Ospreys at nine sites, including one lingering at Fishlake Meadows (18th-29th). White Storks were seen at Bickton (24th), Bishopstoke (25th) and Chandler’s Ford (25th), Great White Egrets were seen at six sites and a single Spoonbill was at Keyhaven (16th). A Great Bustard was seen at Martin Down (25th).

A good variety of spring waders were reported. Three Dotterels were heard flying over Fishlake Meadows (3rd). Curlew Sandpipers were at Normandy Marsh (4th), Pennington Marsh (14th) and Farlington Marshes (14th), a Little Stint was at Pennington (7th) and a Wood Sandpiper was at Winchester SF (17th). A Spotted Redshank lingered in the Pennington Marshes area until the 4th, where there were also two Ruffs early in the month. A pair of Garganey were also there on the 1st, with a drake still on the 7th. Only one Little Gull was reported during the month, at Ibsley Water on the 13th, while Black Terns were at Farlington (14th) and Weston Shore (28th).

Tom Jordan