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Osprey by Andy Tew - Jul 8th, Fishlake Meadows
Osprey by Andy Tew – Jul 8th, Fishlake Meadows


It was a quiet month at Blashford Lakes. A Black Tern was at Ibsley Water on the 30th. Passage waders included Black-tailed Godwit (4 on 31st), Dunlin (4 on 31st), Greenshank (14th) and Common Sandpiper. Also seen were a pair of Wigeon and up to 800 Sand Martin. Elsewhere in the Avon Valley, a Black Kite was reported over Fordingbridge and Breamore (23rd) and a Great White Egret was also at Fordingbridge (21st)


Scarcer species at Titchfield Haven included a Garganey (1st) and Wood Sandpiper (27th-31st). Peak counts on the scrapes were 84 Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 10 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 11 Green Sandpipers, 1 Greenshank and 1 Snipe, plus the autumn’s first Yellow Wagtail (15th). Off Hill Head were a Black Tern (18th), a Little Gull (7th) and Yellow-legged Gulls on several dates, plus highs of 280 Common Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern and 4 Little Tern. Waders on the beach included Whimbrel, Sanderling and up to 27 Turnstone, while four Common Scoter were offshore (3rd). Further up the coast, a Wood Sandpiper was at Hook Spit (20th) and a Black Tern flew past Bunny Meadows (25th).


Scarcer waders at Farlington Marshes included Curlew Sandpiper (27th, 31st), Spotted Redshank (27th, 31st) and Ruff (14th-15th). Counts of other species included 30 Avocets, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 12 Whimbrel, 4 Turnstone, 2 Knot, 6 Common Sandpipers, 1 Green Sandpiper and 8 Greenshanks. A Spoonbill was seen on several dates (25th, 27th-28th). Reports from Hayling Island including nine Green Sandpipers over Sandy Point (27th), while first autumn migrants included Whinchat (6th), Yellow Wagtail (11th) and Wheatear (30th).


A probable Gull-billed Tern was seen briefly at Pennington Marsh (14th). A Great White Egret was at Keyhaven twice (20th, 26th), while a single Spoonbill was seen regularly. Scarcer waders included Curlew Sandpiper (4th-5th), Wood Sandpiper (12th, 2 on 26th) and up to three Spotted Redshanks (from 13th). Maxima of other waders included 1 Grey Plover, 11 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 102 Curlew, 455 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Turnstone, 24 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 189 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpipers, 18 Greenshank and 1 Snipe. An Arctic Tern (18th) was followed by a Black Tern (23rd). The first Wheatear of the autumn was seen (23rd) and Yellow Wagtail was recorded twice. Up to four Common Scoter were off Pennington. Other wildfowl included 3 Barnacle Geese, 3 Brent Geese, up to 31 Eider and 3 Goosanders. At Milford-on-Sea there was an Arctic Skua (19th), plus Kittiwake (30th), up to 100 Gannets, Shag and Common Scoter.


Mid-summer scarcities included a Red-backed Shrike at Martin Down (4th, 7th) and a Hoopoe at Redenham Park (7th). There were ten Cattle Egrets at Fishlake Meadows on the 14th, following a single on the 7th. Up to three Great White Egrets were at Fishlake, plus singles at Beaulieu Mill Pond (20th) and over Funtley (28th). A single Quail was heard at Martin Down on several dates, with another at Vernham Dean (27th-28th). The first Pied Flycatcher of the autumn was at Botley Wood (20th). Ospreys were at Beaulieu Heath (6th), Beaulieu estuary (6th, 13th), Fishlake Meadows (7th-31st) and Wherwell (15th), while Marsh Harriers were at Deanlane End (16th) and Fishlake. Alresford Pond had a Wood Sandpiper (14th) and up to 18 Green Sandpipers. Finally, a Sandwich Tern flew over Winchester Cathedral (18th).

Tom Jordan