Bird News


July 2017


Eider by Jim Bennett




Highlights from Ibsley Water included Great White Egret (25th), Marsh Harrier (25th) and three Yellow-legged Gulls (9th). Passage waders on Ibsley included Turnstone (30th-31st), Ringed Plover (27th), Dunlin (three on 27th, two on 29th), Black-tailed Godwit (14th), Green Sandpiper (11th) and Common Sandpiper (max. six on 17th). Sand Martins peaked at 800 (29th) and Swifts at 300 (12th). The only other notable record from Blashford Lakes was a Black Tern on Ivy Lake (6th). Elsewhere in the Avon Valley, there were six Green Sandpipers at Hamer Warren Sand Pit (30th). The only notable report from the New Forest was an Osprey flying over Bramshaw Golf Course (27th).




It was a quiet month for rarities and scarcities on the Lymington marshes, with a Great White Egret flying over Pennington (16th) being the most notable record. A single Spoonbill was also at Pennington (7th, 20th-31st). Less common passage waders included Ruff (6th-8th) and Spotted Redshank (6th-8th). High counts of other species included 25 Grey Plover, four Little Ringed Plover, three Whimbrel, 306 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Turnstone, 80 Dunlin, a single Knot, three Common Sandpipers, four Greenshank and three Snipe. Other reports from the Keyhaven/Pennington area included Grasshopper Warbler (30th), Yellow-legged Gull (30th) and a late Cuckoo (22nd). Offshore, the over-summering Red-breasted Merganser was reported again (25th), along with two Common Scoters off Oxey (16th) and a peak of 16 Eiders (14th). The only report from the sea was of a single Arctic Skua past Milford-on-Sea (22nd).




Waders reported from Farlington Marshes included Little Stint (24th), up to two Ruff (7th-15th), and 15 Avocets (8th). Other reported monthly maxima from Farlington included one Grey Plover, eight Whimbrel, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, three Knot, 13 Dunlin, four Common Sandpiper, three Greenshank, 53 Little Terns, 20 Sand Martins and a single Yellow Wagtail. Sightings from Hayling Island included two Arctic Skuas flying into Chichester Harbour (2nd), an Arctic Tern at Black Point (31st) and a Crossbill at Sandy Point (27th).




The rarest bird of the month at Titchfield Haven was a Red-rumped Swallow (5th), the site’s second of the year! A Wood Warbler ringed on the 25th was another notable record for the site. Return wader passage started to pick up during July with reports including Ruff (19th-20th), two Green Sandpipers (19th-21st), Whimbrel (25th) and Little Ringed Plover (19th), while at Hill Head there were two Knots (25th) and five Sanderling (19th). Other sightings from Hill Head included Arctic Skuas (3 on 21st), Yellow-legged Gulls (15th-17th and 21st), 40 Common Scoters (21st) and a Fulmar (27th). At Hook-with-Warsash, two Roseate Terns flew past (20th). Also seen there were Marsh Harrier (15th), Little Gull (9th, 18th) and Yellow-legged Gull (4th-27th).




Three Roseate Terns were seen at Weston Shore (22nd), with one seen later the same day across Southampton Water at Hythe. An Osprey was reported from Fishlake Meadows almost daily (2nd-28th), with two on the 4th and 7th. What was presumably the Fishlake bird was also seen at Lower Test (28th), with further Ospreys seen at Port Solent (14th) and Old Basing (17th). Green Sandpipers were reported from a number of inland sites, including Alresford Pond (max. 12 on 16th) and Longparish (max. 4 on 8th). A few early returning passerine migrants were reported, including Whinchats at Cutty Brow (16th), Havant Thicket (17th) and Lower Test (27th), Redstart at Braishfield (23rd) and Grasshopper Warblers at Newlands Farm, Stubbington (23rd) and Whiteley Pastures (25th).


Tom Jordan


August 3rd, 2017