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Temminck’s Stint by Mike Duffy – May 18th, Pennington Marshes


The Bonaparte’s Gull lingered on Ibsley Water until 12/5, where there was also a Little Gull (1/5-9/5), Arctic Tern (10/5, 18/5) and Black Tern (max. 7 on 8/5). Migrant waders appeared in good variety, including Grey Plover (8/5), Whimbrel (5/5; 3, 7/5), Bar-tailed Godwit (1/5; 2, 8/5), Turnstone (1/5-2/5; 6, 8/5; 2, 20/5), Knot (8/5), Dunlin (max. 4), Common Sandpiper (max. 4) and Greenshank (16/5-17/5). A Great White Egret (17/5) and an Osprey (19/5) were seen flying over Ibsley Water.


The highlight at Titchfield Haven was a Squacco Heron on the Posbrook Floods (24/5-26/5), following a Glossy Ibis there at the start of the month (1/5-2/5). A Golden Oriole was also seen briefly (12/5) to add to a good month for Mediterranean overshoots in the area! Other scarcer species included a Pink-footed Goose (12/5-16/5), Little Stint (23/5), Wood Sandpiper (3/5, 25/5), Little Gull (15/5) and Wood Warbler (6/5). A Long-tailed Duck was off Hill Head (7/5-12/5) and a Spoonbill flew over, while passage on the sea included monthly totals of 16 Pomarine and 15 Arctic Skuas, as well as Kittiwake, Arctic Tern and Black Tern.


Highlights at Farlington Marshes included a pair of Garganey (12/5-13/5), one or two Spoonbills on several dates and a Curlew Sandpiper (1/5). Commoner migrants reported included Whimbrel, Greenshank, Whinchat and Wheatear. On Hayling Island, a Roseate Tern was off Sandy Point (14/5), where there were up to five Black Terns and one Arctic Tern. An impressive 17 Pomarine Skuas passed on 16/5 and there were also records of Great Northern Diver, Fulmar, Kittiwake and Arctic Skua.


The highlight was a Gull-billed Tern at Pennington (31/5), although it sadly it was only present for less than an hour. Waders passed through in very good variety, led by a Red-necked Phalarope (31/5) and Temminck’s Stint (17/5-25/5), as well as Curlew Sandpiper (1-2, 2/5-6/5; 31/5, Little Stint (2, 13/5), Wood Sandpiper (18/5), Spotted Redshank (3/5-5/5) and up to six Ruff. Up to six Spoonbills were also present throughout the month. Other scarcities included a Garganey (17/5), up to two Little Gulls (20/5-26/5) and an Osprey over Normandy Marsh (30/5). Seawatching from Milford-on-Sea produced only light skua passage, with monthly totals of three Pomarine, two Arctic and one Great Skua. Sixteen Manx Shearwaters were seen on 7/5 and there were also sightings of Arctic and Black Terns.


A Glossy Ibis was seen briefly at Fishlake Meadows (14/5). Four Spoonbills over Bishopstoke (4/5) was a good inland record. A female Montagu’s Harrier arrived at Stokes Bay (17/5), while Ospreys were seen at Weston Shore, Lepe, Whiteley, Fareham Creek and Inchmery. Stokes Bay produced seawatching totals of ten Pomarine and two Arctic Skuas, as well as 36 Black Terns, including 24 on 17/5. Five Poms were also seen passing Lepe on 16/5. Fleet Pond had a Garganey (7/5-10/5), an Osprey (7/5), ten Arctic Terns (8/5) and a monthly total of six Black Terns. A Pink-footed Goose was at Lower Test (17/5) and a Wood Sandpiper flew over Aldershot (6/5).

Tom Jordan