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

Only a few rarities were found in July. The highlight was a Caspian Tern at Fishlake Meadows (27th-28th). A Bee-eater was also at Fishlake briefly on the 18th. A Rose-coloured Starling was seen in a garden in Fordingbridge (28th), while a Hoopoe also visited several gardens in South Wonston near Winchester. As is the norm nowadays there were widespread sightings of Great White Egrets, most often at Fishlake Meadows, while Cattle Egrets were seen in good numbers in the south east of the county, with maximum counts of 20 over Emsworth on the 22nd and 18 over Titchfield Haven on the 12th. Spoonbills were seen at Hill Head (2nd), Pennington Marsh (3 on 2nd) and Posbrook (14th). Presumably released White Storks were seen at four sites.

Several Roseate Terns graced the coast, with regular sightings at both Sandy Point and Hill Head. One was also picked up off Weston Shore and Hythe (26th-28th). Hill Head also had up to two Arctic Terns, plus six Black Terns on the 15th. Further Black Terns were seen at Sandy Point (6th-9th) and Hook-with-Warsash (20th). Surprisingly few waders were reported for July, but a Little Stint was at Pennington (19th, 25th) and Spotted Redshank and Ruff were at Farlington Marshes. A Garganey was at Hook-with-Warsash (10th-11th). There were a few notable seawatching reports, with four Balearic Shearwaters seen off Taddiford (3rd) and Sandy Point (4th). Taddiford also had a Manx Shearwater, two Great Skuas and an Arctic Skua on the 3rd, with ten Manxies then off Milford-on-Sea on the 8th. Further Arctic Skuas were seen off Hayling Island, Hook-with-Warsash and in Langstone Harbour.

An Osprey remained at Fishlake Meadows throughout, with other reports from Blashford Lakes, Bransbury Common and Beaulieu Road. A Short-eared Owl was at Farlington Marshes (29th). There were good numbers of early migrants, with Whinchats, Wheatears and Yellow Wagtails all reported widely in the second half of the month. Pied Flycatchers were seen at Testwood Lakes (21st), Rowbarrow (30th), Southsea (30th) and Emer Bog (31st).

Tom Jordan