HAMPSHIRE SIGHTINGS FOR AUGUST 2021
A single Black-necked Grebe was seen several times on Ibsley Water. A Great White Egret was seen once (30th). Surprisingly the only passage waders reported were several Common Sandpipers. The first Wigeon arrived at Ivy Lake (30th) and there were a few Goosanders present. A Cuckoo was at Mockbeggar Lake (24th)
A Wryneck was seen once at Pennington Marsh (25th). One or two Great White Egrets continued to be seen regularly across the Keyhaven/Pennington area, as well as two Spoonbills (3rd).Two adult Curlew Sandpipers were present on the 2nd with one still on the 4th, followed by up to two juveniles from the 29th. Similarly an adult Little Stint (2nd) was the precursor to one or two juveniles from the 26th. Several Wood Sandpipers dropped in during the month (2nd, 13th-21st, 27th-29th). Other waders included Ruff (23rd), Spotted Redshank (1-2 from 20th) and up to six Greenshanks. Garganey were reported twice (2, 20th; 25th) while the first Wigeon and Pintail had returned by the end of the month. The Eider flock in the Solent peaked at 35.
TITCHFIELD HAVEN TO WARSASH
The floods at the north end of Titchfield Canal Path were productive with reports of two Garganey (2nd-9th), two to three Ruffs (26th-30th), a Wood Sandpiper (1st-3rd, 6th-8th) and a Great White Egret (30th). On the reserve there were reports of Wood Sandpiper (2-3, 29th-31st), Great White Egret (29th) and Osprey (21st). Passerine migrants included a Pied Flycatcher (24th). Yellow Wagtails peaked at 150 at Brownwich. The highlight offshore from Hill Head was a Sabine’s Gull (21st) and there was also a single Arctic Skua (19th). Terns included up to 700 Common Terns, five Arctic Terns and three Black Terns, however there were no Roseates picked up this month. A Spotted Redshank flew over Hill Head (24th). Highlights at Hook-with-Warsash were a Wryneck (27th), Cattle Egret (1st), Little Stint (27th-31st) and Osprey (5th, 28th).
LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND
Waders at Farlington Marshes included a Wood Sandpiper (11th), Spotted Redshank (four dates) and Ruff (2, 21st). A Great White Egret was present on the 29th. A Pied Flycatcher was seen twice (21st, 23rd) and there were also reports of Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Whinchat, Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail. Eight Cattle Egrets flew over Farlington (21st), with up to ten remaining around the colony at Warblington. An Osprey was regularly in Langstone Harbour (14th-30th) and also reported from Chichester Harbour (10th, 13th). A Great Skua was off Farlington (30th-31st). On Hayling Island, there were a couple of Pied Flycatchers at Northney (23rd-25th). Sandy Point had an Arctic Skua (5th).
In the west of the county, highlights from Barton-on-Sea were 15 Cattle Egrets flying west (29th), Caspian Gull (23rd), Great Skua (6th), Manx Shearwater (6th) and a Wryneck (29th). Further Wrynecks were found at Pigeon House Farm (29th) and Gibbet Wood in the New Forest (31st). Pied Flycatchers were seen at six sites in the New Forest, with other records coming from Baddesley Common (13th-14th), Woolmer Forest (22nd), Fleet Pond (23rd), Crofton Cemetery (24th), IBM Lake, Cosham (29th) and Blackbushe (29th). Great White Egrets were at Timsbury (7th), Fleet Pond (14th), Skidmore (21st) and Kingston Common (22nd). Ospreys were at White Moor (13th), Twyford (18th), Lower Test (23rd-30th), Alresford Pond (27th), Skidmore (29th) and Inchmery (29th). Hythe had a Little Gull (1st), two Black Terns (9th) and a Little Stint (29th). Fishlake Meadows had a Garganey (1st, 9th), one or two Ospreys and three Great White Egrets. The Pink-footed Goose was seen twice at Fleet Pond (16th, 25th), before relocating to Tundry Pond (27th). A Sanderling on a puddle at Eastleigh Railway Yard (17th) was very notable!