Bird News


August 2017


Short-toed Lark by Pete Oram




‘Walter’ the Great White Egret returned for his 14th summer, mostly being seen on Ibsley Water (to 30th). Other highlights from Ibsley Water included Garganey (29th), Black Tern (24th), Marsh Harrier (20th) and an overflying Honey Buzzard (1st). Wader highlights on Ibsley were Avocet (28th, 3 on 31st) and Wood Sandpiper (22nd-23rd), while there were also reports of Dunlin (max. 3 on 2nd), Oystercatcher (max. 7 on 1st), Black-tailed Godwit (2 on 3rd), Green and Common Sandpipers, and Little Ringed Plover. Hirundines peaked at 2000 House Martins (30th), 2000 Sand Martins (3rd), 800 Swallows (8th) and 60 Swifts (6th). 




The major rarity of the month was a Short-toed Lark at Pennington Marsh (29th), although unfortunately it was only seen briefly before flying off. A Roseate Tern on Oxey Island (20th-21st) was another highlight. A Great White Egret was seen at Pennington Marsh (14th and 19th) and also at Normandy Marsh (14th), while up to three Spoonbills were present towards the end of the month (22nd-31st). Wader highlights included Wood Sandpiper (23rd and 27th), Ruff (21st-24th) and Spotted Redshank (24th-31st). Other records included a Short-eared Owl at Pennington Marsh (11th), Marsh Harrier (13th) and Yellow-legged Gull (5th, 28th). Peak counts of passerine migrants included 13 Willow Warbler, one Garden Warbler, two Lesser Whitethroat, 30 Whitethroat, nine Sedge Warbler, 18 Reed Warbler, one Redstart, one Whinchat, five Wheatear, 48 Yellow Wagtails and two Tree Pipits. Milford-on-Sea produced single Great and Arctic Skuas (both 3rd).




It was a good month for terns around Hayling Island, with a White-winged Tern seen at Black Point (14-17th) the highlight. Also at Black Point was a Roseate Tern (8th, 16th-18th) and Black Tern (2nd). However, Black Tern numbers peaked on the 14th when 39 were in Chichester Harbour, with 35 later seen at the Oysterbeds. Eight Arctic Terns were seen at Sinah Common (20th), where there were also two Spoonbills (22nd). Ospreys were in Chichester Harbour (20th) and Langstone Harbour (26th-30th). Wader passage picked up at Farlington Marshes, with highlights of Pectoral Sandpiper (21st-30th), Ruff (8th-29th), Spotted Redshank (max. 3) and Avocet (max. 5). Other species included Garganey (22nd, 2 on 27th) and Marsh Harrier (12th), while peak counts of passerine migrants included one Redstart, six Whinchat, two Wheatear, 24 Yellow Wagtails and one Spotted Flycatcher.




A Roseate Tern was at Hill Head (16th-17th), along with Black Tern (11th) and Arctic Tern (2nd), while Common Terns peaked at 600 (16th). Yellow-legged Gulls were at Hill Head (8th, 16th), while large numbers of Mediterranean Gulls were in the area throughout the month, peaking at 350 at Chilling (27th). Waders highlights at Titchfield Haven included Wood Sandpiper (9th, 1-2 22nd-27th), Green Sandpiper (max. 3), Greenshank (max. 2) and up to two Black-tailed Godwits of the limosa subspecies. Up to two Marsh Harriers were reported at the Haven (3rd-30th), following the announcement of successful breeding on the reserve for the first time. Passerine migrants included a Black Redstart (27th) along the Canal Path, with maxima of other species including three Redstart, one Wheatear, two Whinchat, three Tree Pipit, 11 Yellow Wagtails and six Spotted Flycatcher 




Scarcities elsewhere in the county included a Red-backed Shrike at Newlands Farm, Stubbington (25th) and a Cattle Egret at Weston Shore (24th). A Great White Egret was at Fishlake Meadows (31st), as well as Osprey (5th-7th, 1-2 26th-28th), Marsh Harrier (4th, 27th), Avocet (28th) and Greenshank (29th). Ospreys were also seen at Lepe (10th-11th), Portsmouth Harbour (12th), Avington (17th), Lower Test/Eling (25th-27th) and Calshot (26th), while a Honey Buzzard flew over Odiham (29th). A Crane was reported flying over Totton (26th). Yellow-browed Warblers were reported at Fawley (10th) and East Boldre (14th). Pied Flycatchers were reported from six sites between the 6th and 14th, all in the New Forest. Wood Sandpipers were at Woolmer Pond (10th-12th) and Eversley Common (22nd). Woolmer Pond also held seven Common Scoters (22nd). Highlights from Alresford Pond were Black-tailed Godwit (31st), Marsh Harrier (28th), Yellow-legged Gull (28th) and a maximum of 15 Green Sandpipers. Seven Hawfinches were at Lakeside CP (25th). At the coast, two Spoonbills flew west at Lepe (6th), and two Black Terns flew east at Stokes Bay (16th).


Tom Jordan



September 6th, 2017