BLASHFORD LAKES AND THE AVON VALLEY
Intriguingly a Pratincole species was reported on Ibsley Water on 15th. A single Black-tailed Godwit was present on the 7th, followed by three on the 17th. A drake Wigeon was also on Ibsley Water (7th), plus up to 250 Swifts. Oystercatchers successfully nested on Ibsley Water while twenty pairs of Common Tern were nesting on Ivy Lake
LYMINGTON TO MILFORD-ON-SEA
A Marsh Sandpiper at Pennington Marsh on the 10th was the highlight of June. Up to four Spoonbills were present throughout. Other notable reports included Ruddy Shelduck (24th) and Osprey (6th). Maximum counts of waders were 3 Grey Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 8 Curlew, 85 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Sanderling, 24 Dunlin and a single Common Sandpiper. Up to 25 Eiders were offshore.
LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND
Notable reports from Farlington Marshes included a Ruddy Shelduck (23rd) and a Spoonbill (13th). The first returning Spotted Redshank was present (12th-23rd). Maxima of other waders included 25 Black-tailed Godwits, 145 Redshank and a single Grey Plover. On Hayling Island, a Short-eared Owl was at Sandy Point (2nd).
HILL HEAD TO HAMBLE
A Spoonbill was at Titchfield Haven (13th). The first Green Sandpiper of the autumn was seen on the 8th, followed by Common Sandpiper on the 22nd. An unseasonable Great Northern Diver was offshore (8th), along with a Long-tailed Duck (2nd), Common Scoters on two dates (2 on 12th, 4 on 29th) and two Arctic Skuas (8th). Reports from Hook-with-Warsash included a Spoonbill (12th), 12 Avocets (30th) and a Yellow-legged Gull (4th-27th).
Scarcities reported elsewhere included two Cranes over Martin Down (2nd), two White Storks over Bedhampton (15th) and a Great White Egret over the M27 at Copythorne (10th). A Great Bustard, presumably from Salisbury Plain, was a surprise at Holmsley Airfield (13th). A Quail flew over Fishlake Meadows (2nd).
July 13th, 2018