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HAMPSHIRE SIGHTINGS FOR MARCH 2023

Slavonian Grebe_Oxey Marsh 3rd March C Rose
Slavonian Grebe, Oxey Marsh, 3rd March, C Rose

BLASHFORD LAKES AND THE AVON VALLEY

A Spoonbill visited Ibsley Water (26th). Little Ringed Plovers arrived from the 18th. The first Little Gull of the spring was seen on the 31st. A Water Pipit was seen once (11th) and there was one report of Great White Egret (3rd). Two Bitterns were at Ivy Lake (2nd).

LYMINGTON-KEYHAVEN MARSHES

Lingering winter visitors included the drake Scaup at Pennington, up to six Slavonian Grebes and a Black-necked Grebe (6th, 16th). A Red-necked Grebe also frequented the area (16th-21st). Eiders peaked at 35. Waders included four Ruffs, a Jack Snipe, three Spotted Redshank and five Greenshank. Up to eight Spoonbills remained and a Great White Egret was on the Avon Water (17th-30th). Raptors included Hen Harrier (8th), Merlin (8th) and Short-eared Owl (10th). One Water Pipit was seen (3rd, 30th). Spring migrants included a drake Garganey (21st, 24th), Osprey (24th), Little Ringed Plover (from 8th) and the occasional Sand Martin and Swallow. Small numbers of Wheatears were seen most days from the 20th. A Little Gull was seen on the 20th followed by four on the 30th.

TITCHFIELD HAVEN TO WARSASH

The Ferruginous Duck was seen a couple of times at Posbrook (3rd, 11th), where the three Glossy Ibis also remained. Also in that area were a Cattle Egret (14th) and a Water Pipit, while spring migrants included Little Ringed Plover (from 20th) and Sand Martins (from 14th). Highlights from Titchfield Haven included a Spoonbill (1st-3rd), a Bittern (3rd) and two Little Gulls (29th-31st). Offshore from the Hook-with-Warsash area were a Slavonian Grebe (5th, 9th, 11th), a Black-throated Diver (4th-11th) and a Great Northern Diver.

LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND

Highlights at Farlington included two Little Gulls (29th) and a Caspian Gull (9th-10th). Wheatears passed through from the 10th. The first Osprey of the spring was at Southmoor (10th). Reports from Langstone Harbour included Long-tailed Duck (8th), Black-necked Grebe (13th-14th), Great Northern Diver, eight Goldeneye and 30 Red-breasted Mergansers. Twenty-one Cattle Egrets were at Warblington (15th). On Hayling, a pair of Whooper Swans were off Sandy Point (20th). The first Arctic Skua of the spring flew east (26th). Also in the Sandy Point area were up to seven Eider, two Common Scoter, three Slavonian Grebes, Red-throated Diver (20th), Black-throated Diver (2nd, 30th), five Great Northern Divers, a Little Gull (29th, 31st) and the first Common Tern (31st). A Black Redstart was at Eastoke (4th).

OTHER SITES

A pair of Garganey were at Hockley, Winchester (30th). The Long-tailed Duck was still in Portsmouth Harbour (3rd, 14th). A Slavonian Grebe was at Lepe (10th). A Black-throated Diver remained in Southampton Water ranging between Weston Shore and Eling, with up to eight Great Northern Divers also in the area. An Avocet at Fleet Pond was notable (2nd). A Little Gull was at Testwood Lakes (8th-9th). An Arctic Skua passed Lee-on-the-Solent (26th). Ospreys were at Browndown (21st), Fishlake Meadows (30th) and Inchmery (31st). Hen Harriers were at Woolmer Forest (3rd, 16th), Chibden Bottom (3rd) and Whitsbury Down (16th). Two Short-eared Owls were at Overton (16th) and singles were at Bransbury Common (29th) and Martin Down (31st). A Bittern flew over Romsey (24th). A Hoopoe was at Hedge End (10th) and a Dipper was by Fishlake Meadows (30th). Early Redstarts were at Shatterford (26th) and Bur Bushes (31st) and the first Tree Pipits were at Woolmer Pond and Amberwood Inclosure (31st), while Fishlake got the first Sedge Warbler (31st). Black Redstarts were at Calshot (2nd-22nd) and Lee-on-the-Solent (2nd-21st). Two Waxwings were at Boorley Green (2nd). There were large numbers of Lesser Redpolls seen and so unsurprisingly a few Mealy Redpolls were found, at Woolmer Forest (2nd), Chandler’s Ford (19th), Liphook (22nd) and Pignal Inclosure (24th). Water Pipits were seen at Lepe, Fawley Refinery and Alresford cress beds.

Tom Jordan