HAMPSHIRE BIRD SIGHTINGS FOR OCTOBER 2023
Waders included one or two Curlew Sandpipers (to 5th), up to five Little Stints (to 11th), a Grey Phalarope (1st-2nd), a Spotted Redshank and up to 17 Greenshank. Up to four Spoonbills were seen occasionally, as were up to five Cattle Egrets. One or two Ospreys were in the area and a Short-eared Owl was seen at Keyhaven. A Caspian Gull was at Pennington (1st). Three probable Great Shearwaters were seen distantly off Milford-on-Sea (13th).
TITCHFIELD HAVEN TO WARSASH
Highlights at Titchfield Haven included a Garganey (1st-3rd), Grey Phalarope (1st-2nd), Jack Snipe (15th), Short-eared Owl (16th, 27th, 30th) and a Merlin (26th-30th). Three Glossy Ibis were regularly seen in the Posbrook area, as well as several Cattle Egrets and Great White Egrets. Seawatching at Hill Head produced a Sabine’s Gull (10th), Little Gull (19th) and a Balearic Shearwater (14th).
LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND
Reports from Farlington included a single Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper (6th), up to 25 Greenshanks, a Black Tern (28th), a Bittern (12th), three Cattle Egrets (12th-15th) and four Short-eared Owls. A Long-tailed Duck was in Langstone Harbour (from 30th). Eight Cattle Egrets were at Warblington.
A Garganey was at Ripley Farm Reservoir (15th). The only Arctic Skua of the month was off Gilkicker (21st). Up to 14 Spoonbills were on the Beaulieu estuary. Great White Egrets were at various sites, mostly on the Test. A couple of Ospreys were at Inchmery, with others seen at Fishlake Meadows (1st-4th), Redbridge (4th), Exbury (6th), Bursledon (23rd) and Highbridge (31st). Short-eared Owls were at North Waltham and Lepe (both 27th). A late Swift was over Tweseldown (20th). A Wryneck was at Inchmery (22nd). Ring Ouzels were seen at eleven further sites including up to four at both Butser Hill and Portsdown Hill. A very late Spotted Flycatcher was at Warblington (31st). Black Redstarts were seen at eight sites. The first Water Pipits of the winter returned to Lower Test and Alresford cress beds.