HAMPSHIRE SUMMARY FOR SEPTEMBER 2019
BLASHFORD LAKES AND THE AVON VALLEY
At Blashford Lakes, one or two Great White Egrets were seen at the beginning of the month, while two Cattle Egrets flew over Ibsley Water (23rd). An early Bittern was at Ivy Lake (6th). A Turnstone was on Ibsley Water (26th) and there were also sightings of Green and Common Sandpipers.
HILL HEAD TO HAMBLE
The highlight at Titchfield Haven was a Bluethroat (19th-28th), following another nearby at Hook-with-Warsash (8th-13th). An Aquatic Warbler was ringed at Titchfield Haven (1st), with another then seen along the canal path (15th). Scarcer species at the Haven included one or two Ospreys (1st-3rd), Ruff (12th) and Pied Flycatcher (5th, 15th-16th), while a presumed released White Stork flew over (1st). Sightings from Hill Head included a Grey Phalarope (29th), Purple Sandpiper (9th), Red-throated Diver (11th-12th), Slavonian Grebe (18th-21st) and two Arctic Terns (27th). A Tree Sparrow at Brownwich (22nd) was a notable record. A Spotted Crake was at Hook-with-Warsash (15th-17th), where there was also a Manx Shearwater offshore (5th) and an Osprey (4th, 12th).
LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND
The highlight from Farlington Marshes was Hampshire’s first Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (14th-23rd). A Wryneck (14th-15th) was also seen, followed by another at Southmoors (23rd). Waders included up to three Curlew Sandpipers, Wood Sandpiper (14th), one or two Spotted Redshanks and Ruff. A Great White Egret was reported (15th) and a presumably released White Stork flew over (1st), while two Cattle Egrets were still at Langstone Mill Pond (5th). One or two Ospreys were in Langstone Harbour throughout, with three in Chichester Harbour (15th). A Pied Flycatcher was at Farlington playing fields (15th). On Hayling Island a Kentish Plover was at Eastoke (2nd, 7th), a released White-tailed Eagle flew over (5th) and two Red-throated Divers were off Sandy Point (29th). The first seven Dark-bellied Brent Geese arrived in Chichester Harbour on the 19th, with 115 the following day, while a flock of up to 27 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were in Langstone Harbour (11th-13th).
LYMINGTON TO MILFORD-ON-SEA
The highlight at Pennington Marsh was a brief juvenile Subalpine Warbler (20th). Also notable was a Sabine’s Gull flying west offshore (30th). Waders included a Grey Phalarope (26th-27th), the occasional Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper, plus up to eight Spotted Redshanks. Ospreys were seen on several dates, plus a Merlin (24th). A Spoonbill flew over (23rd). Up to three Common Scoters were seen regularly off Pennington, plus up to 29 Eider and three Goosanders. There were 22 Brent Geese (12th). There was some good seawatching, by Hampshire standards, to be had at Milford-on-Sea, with highlights of three Balearic Shearwaters (29th) and a Roseate Tern (26th), plus Red-throated Diver, Fulmar, Arctic Tern and Great and Arctic Skuas.
Wrynecks were seen at Southampton Common (11th), Woolmer Pond (15th) and Wickham (16th). The good autumn for Pied Flycatchers continued with records from six inland sites, while a Black Redstart was at Leadenhall, New Forest (19th). Up to six Great White Egrets were at Fishlake Meadows, with further records from Meon (three flying over on 14th), Kimbridge (23rd) and Abbotswood (26th). Two Spoonbills over Tweseldown was a great local record. Ospreys were at Inchmery (two on 5th), Fishlake (6th, 19th), Fareham Creek (18th, 19th, 27th) and Weston Shore (21st). A released White-tailed Eagle was seen over the Beaulieu estuary and then Eling (13th). A Wood Sandpiper was at Boldre (8th), while a Spotted Redshank at Testwood Lakes (10th) was a good record. Fleet Pond had two Black Terns (1st-6th) and a Garganey was at Alresford Pond (16th-20th). Weston Shore had a Little Gull (22nd), Black Tern (30th) and two Arctic Terns (5th).