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HAMPSHIRE SUMMARY FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

Grey Phalarope by David Cuddon, Sep 26th, Pennington Marshes

BLASHFORD LAKES AND THE AVON VALLEY

Two Great White Egrets were present at Blashford throughout, along with up to three Cattle Egrets (2nd-19th). An early Bittern was on Ivy Lake (4th). Waders were led by a Grey Phalarope on Ibsley Water (20th-30th), plus three different Wood Sandpipers (15th, 24th, 29th-30th). Also on Ibsley Water were a Black Tern (15th-23rd) and up to three Little Gulls (20th-27th). Garganeys were at Ivy Lake (4th) and Ibsley Water (30th). Raptors were represented by Marsh Harrier (19th) and Osprey (16th), both over Ibsley Water. Elsewhere in the Avon Valley, up to two Cattle Egrets were at Harbridge (14th-22nd).

LYMINGTON TO MILFORD-ON-SEA

A good month for scarcities at Keyhaven/Pennington, with highlights including Richard’s Pipit (14th-15th), Spotted Crake (8th-17th), a flyover Dotterel (12th) and Temminck’s Stint (24th-30th). A Bittern was seen twice (6th, 16th), as well as a Great White Egrets on two dates (one on 6th, three on 28th). A Grey Phalarope was off Hurst Beach (20th), with up to two then at Keyhaven/Pennington (21st-27th). Other waders reported included Avocet (max. 11), Golden Plover (23rd), Little Ringed Plover (1st-9th), Whimbrel (8th), Bar-tailed Godwit (16th), Knot (max. 15), Ruff (8th-20th), Curlew Sandpiper (6th, 16th-17th, 22nd-23rd), Sanderling (max. 2), Little Stint (17th, 21st), Common Sandpiper (max. 4), Green Sandpiper (22nd), Spotted Redshank (max. 6) and Greenshank (max. 16). Offshore were Eider (max. 20), Common Scoter (1st-15th) and Goosander (4th). Passerine migrants included Redstart (4th, 8th, 10th), Whinchat (max. 6), Wheatear (max. 7), Yellow Wagtail (max. 60). Other species reported included Marsh Harrier (12th, 14th, 23rd), Arctic Tern (two on 14th, one on 22nd and 29th) and Merlin (9th). Three Great Skuas flew over Hurst Beach (22nd). A Great White Egret was on the Lymington River (26th).

LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND

The highlight at Farlington Marshes was a Bluethroat (17th). Also there were Red-backed Shrike (19th-21st) and Wrynecks on two dates (2nd, 7th). A Pectoral Sandpiper was present (15th-22nd, 27th), with other notable waders including Ruff (23rd), Curlew Sandpiper (two on 1st), Spotted Redshank (max. 3) and Wood Sandpiper (18th). Other reports from Farlington included Cattle Egret (23rd), Great White Egret (5th), Spoonbill (25th), Marsh Harrier (27th), Little Gull (16th) and Short-eared Owl (4th, 7th). Two Ospreys lingered in Langstone Harbour (to 10th), as well as the first Black-necked Grebe of the winter (8th, 22nd). A Hoopoe was on Hayling Island (12th). The Sandy Point area had Manx Shearwater (19th), Spoonbill (30th), Great Skua (two on 13th) and Short-eared Owl (30th). A Little Stint was by the Hayling Billy Path (10th).

HILL HEAD TO HAMBLE

A Richard’s Pipit flew over Hill Head (22nd). Up to three Cattle Egrets were at Titchfield Haven (22nd-28th). Waders included a Temminck’s Stint (2nd-7th), Curlew Sandpiper (19th-20th), Spotted Redshank (2nd) and Ruff (max. 2). Other notable species reported included Marsh Harrier (3rd-23rd), Osprey (21st), Black Tern (5th-6th), Yellow-legged Gull (7th-8th) and Pied Flycatcher (13th). Roosting Yellow Wagtails peaked at 300 (1st). Merlins were at Brownwich on two dates (7th, 30th). A Grey Phalarope was the only notable report from Hook-with-Warsash (18th).

ELSEWHERE

There was a run of Ortolan Buntings, the first at Beaulieu Road (13th), followed by a well-twitched bird on Portsdown Hill (14th-15th) and a flyover at Emer Bog (14th). Other scarcities reported away from aforementioned sites included Glossy Ibis at Hurstbourne Priors (4th), five Cranes over Andover (25th) and then at Tanners Lane near Lymington (26th), Dotterel over Trigpoint Hill, Timsbury (8th), Pectoral Sandpiper at The Vyne (28th-30th), Hoopoe at IBM Lake, Cosham (1st) and Wryneck in Romsey (11th). An influx of Cattle Egrets saw nine at Winnall Moors (1st), eight at Alresford Pond (4th), falling to seven on the 7th, four roosting there (13th-20th) and a single still on 23rd. Other singles were at Gosport (8th) and Beaulieu Estuary (14th). Great White Egrets were seen at Fishlake Meadows (max. 2, 6th-30th), Lower Test (13th) and Broomy Plain (27th). A Honey Buzzard flew over Lower Test (4th), while Ospreys were at Woolmer Pond (2nd), Fishlake Meadows (2nd, 19th), Lepe (3rd, 26th), Lower Test (4th) and Cutty Brow (8th). Grey Phalaropes were at Riverside Park, Southampton (22nd-23rd) and Beaulieu Estuary (26th). A Stone-curlew flew over Old Basing (16th).  A Wood Sandpiper was at Testwood Lakes (21st). The first Ring Ouzels of the autumn were at Pig Bush (22nd) and IBM Lake, Cosham (24th). An impressive inland record was 18 Sandwich Terns at Fleet Pond (12th). Garganeys were at Alresford Pond (23rd, 28th) and Edenbrook Country Park, Fleet (7th-30th).

Tom Jordan