Bird News

 

December 2017

 

Hawfinch by Andy Tew

 

BLASHFORD LAKES AND THE AVON VALLEY

 

One or two Ring-billed Gulls were seen on Ibsley Water (10th-30th), along with three different Caspian Gulls (3rd-30th) and up to 14 Yellow-legged Gulls. Two Pink-footed Geese (1st-31st) were present throughout, along with Black-necked Grebe (18th-29th), Green Sandpiper (max. 2) and Water Pipit (4th-24th). The usual Great White Egret was seen throughout, mostly on Ivy Lake although also on Linford West Lake. Peak counts of wildfowl included 118 Pochard, 104 Goosander and 14 Goldeneye.

 

LYMINGTON TO MILFORD-ON-SEA

 

Various divers and grebes were seen off the Pennington-Normandy area including a Red-necked Grebe (21/12 - 22/12, 31/12), Slavonian Grebe (max. 2), Black-throated Diver (21st-22nd), Red-throated Diver (3 on 22nd) and Great Northern Diver (max. 2). Spoonbills were only seen sporadically on the marshes (max. 2), although six were in the Lymington Estuary (16th). A Bittern was seen again at Keyhaven (9th). Raptors included Hen Harrier (3rd), Marsh Harrier (max. 2) and Merlin (25th). The Purple Sandpiper continued to be seen around the Pennington Jetty; other waders included Whimbrel (max. 2), Avocet (max. 15), Spotted Redshank (max. 8) and Ruff (max. 3). Eight Bearded Tits were at Keyhaven (3rd) and a Water Pipit was at Pennington (8th).

 

LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND

 

Waders around Farlington Marshes included Avocet (max. 55), Spotted Redshank (2nd, 6th, 18th) and Whimbrel (18th). Twenty-eight Barnacle Geese arrived at Farlington on the 15th, then rising to 42 (16th-30th). Short-eared Owls were only reported on one date (3 on 9th), while one or two Marsh Harriers were seen throughout. Bearded Tits peaked at 20 (2nd) but were reported throughout, while a single Water Pipit was present (2nd). Four Spoonbills were also in Langstone Harbour (15th). Other reports from Langstone Harbour included Velvet Scoter (3rd), Common Scoter (3 on 18th), Long-tailed Duck (3rd-12th, 23rd), Great Northern Diver (max. 2) and Black-necked Grebe (max. 2). A Cattle Egret was at Warblington (28th). On Hayling Island, sightings from the Sandy/Black Point area included Black-throated Diver (max. 2), Great Northern Diver (max. 3), Slavonian Grebe (2 on 14th) and Long-tailed Duck (21st), plus up to 19 Sandwich Terns

 

HILL HEAD TO HAMBLE

 

The Barred Warbler reappeared at Titchfield Haven and showed very well in the garden of the visitor centre (3rd-17th). Other sightings at the Haven included Bittern (19th), Marsh Harrier (max. 3), Avocet (6th-8th) and Ruff (max. 2). Sightings from the canal path included Merlin (17th) and Water Pipit (max. 2). A Black Redstart was at Hill Head (22nd-26th). Offshore from the Hill Head/Brownwich area were Black-throated Diver (9th), Red-throated Diver (22nd), Great Northern Diver (max. 2), Slavonian Grebe (17th), Scaup (max. 4), Common Scoter (max. 14) and Eider (max. 96). Gulls included Kittiwake (13th) and Yellow-legged Gull (15th-16th). Records from Hook-with-Warsash included Red-throated Diver (26th) and Bearded Tits (max. 5).

 

ELSEWHERE

 

Up to four Great White Egrets continued to be seen at Testwood Lakes (1st-14th), along with a Bittern (1st-11th). Great White Egrets were also seen at Eversley GP (3rd), Fleet Pond (11th), Fishlake Meadows (22nd, 27th, 28th) and Broadlands Lake (27th). Fishlake Meadows also held Bittern (27th), Merlin (17th), Marsh Harrier (21st, 24th, 29th) and Jack Snipe (18th). Sightings from Weston Shore included Great Northern Diver (23rd, 31st), Slavonian Grebe (17th-23rd), Long-tailed Duck (1st-28th), Common Scoter (14th), Razorbill (27th-28th), Guillemot (max. 2) and Shag (3rd). In the New Forest, Great Grey Shrikes were reported from Ocknell Plain (2nd), Cranesmoor (12th), Milkham Bottom (12th) and Strodgemoor Bottom (16th). Hen Harriers were at Milkham Bottom (16th), Ibsley Common (16th), Ocknell Plain (18th, 22nd) and Slufters Inclosure (22th), while Merlins were at Black Gutter Bottom (max. 2, 12th-27th), Broomy Plain (12th, 18th) and Milkham Bottom (18th). On the New Forest coast, there were eight Spoonbills at Inchmery (1st) and a Great Skua at Park Shore (30th). Alresford had Marsh Harrier (9th), Hen Harrier (10th, 12th, 22nd), Green Sandpiper (max. 4) and Water Pipit (max. 6). Black Redstarts were seen at Chandler’s Ford (2nd), Netley Abbey (10th-14th) and Hamble Cliff (28th).

 

Tom Jordan

 

 

January 19th, 2018

 

Bird News

 

November 2017

 

Spotted Redshank by Chris Rose

 

BLASHFORD LAKES AND THE AVON VALLEY

 

The Lesser Scaup from October continued on Spinnaker and Snails Lakes (to 4th). The Ferruginous Duck was also reported on Ibsley Water several times (5th, 10th, 11th), while a Pink-footed Goose on Ibsley (1st-30th) completed the selection of unusual wildfowl. The Great White Egret was reported throughout, mostly from Ivy Lake. A first-winter Caspian Gull (5th-28th) led the lineup of gulls roosting on Ibsley Water, where there there was a maximum of 11 Yellow-legged Gulls, as well as a single Mediterranean Gull (2nd). Other birds around Ibsley Water included Dunlin (24th), Ringed Plover (25th), Green Sandpiper (max. 3) and Water Pipit (max. 2). Elsewhere in the Avon Valley, a Glossy Ibis flew south over Avon Tyrell (19th), Great White Egrets were at Avon Causeway (14th, 28th), Bickton (19th) and Burgate Manor Farm (20th) and a Hen Harrier was at Fordingbridge (25th).

 

LYMINGTON TO MILFORD-ON-SEA

 

Two Cattle Egrets were at Pennington (5th-17th). Spoonbills were reported most days from the middle of the month (13th-29th), peaking at four (28th). Waders included a Grey Phalarope at Oxey Marsh (to 11th), Avocet (max. 10), Ruff (max. 3), Purple Sandpiper (11th, 18th), Green Sandpiper (25th) and Spotted Redshank (max. 8). Divers and grebes offshore from the Pennington Marshes area included Black-throated Diver (24th-26th), Great Northern Diver (24th-27th) and Slavonian Grebe (max. 2, 19th-27th). Raptors included Merlin (29th), Marsh Harrier (up to two throughout) and Short-eared Owl (12th). Several late Swallows were reported (3rd, two on 8th, 27th). A Little Auk was off Hordle Cliff (17th). Sightings off Milford-on-Sea/Hurst Beach included Red-throated Diver (18th, 22nd), Black-throated Diver (22nd) and Kittiwake (18 on 22nd).

 

LANGSTONE HARBOUR AND HAYLING ISLAND

 

Bird of the month was a Stilt Sandpiper seen at Farlington Marshes (7th). A Glossy Ibis was also seen at Farlington (16th). Raptors included Merlin (16th) and Marsh Harrier (8th, 18th, 26th), while up to three Short-eared Owls continued to be seen. Avocets peaked at 36; other waders reported included Spotted Redshank (9th, 17th) and Ruff (7th). A late Wheatear was present (12th), while Bearded Tits were reported in good numbers throughout (max. 24 on 8th). Birds in Langstone Harbour included two Velvet Scoters (18th-24th), Long-tailed Duck (9th, 19th), Great Northern Diver (up to two, 10th-19th) and Black-necked Grebe (max. 11). A Great White Egret was at Southmoors (17th), while a Cattle Egret was at Warblington (7th). Hayling Island produced a county rarity in the form of a Black Guillemot at Sandy Point (23rd). Other records from the Sandy Point area included Purple Sandpiper (7th), Black-throated Diver (two on 14th), Great Northern Diver (16th-17th, 26th-28th) and up to 31 Sandwich Terns.

 

HILL HEAD TO HAMBLE

 

The highlight at Titchfield Haven was a Barred Warbler (19th). Waders included Ruff (19th, 29th) and Avocet (23rd-30th). Two Marsh Harriers were seen throughout, plus a Merlin (30th). Sightings from Hill Head included Red-throated Diver (15th) and Kittiwake (23rd). Up to seven Common Scoters were offshore from the Brownwich area (2nd-25th), as well as a Razorbill (15th). A Rose-coloured Starling was briefly at Hook-with-Warsash (13th), where there was also a Marsh Harrier (18th) and up to ten Bearded Tits.

 

ELSEWHERE

 

A Red-necked Phalarope was at Needs Ore (2nd). Records from the Inchmery/Lepe area included Snow Bunting (29th), Great Northern Diver (24th), Marsh Harrier (1st, 9th-13th), Razorbill (1st, 9th) and Kittiwake (2W on 12th). In the New Forest, Great Grey Shrikes were at Vales Moor (3rd-4th) and Milkham Bottom (15th-24th), Hen Harriers were at Matley Bog (2nd), Black Gutter Bottom (10th-21st) and Ocknell Plain (21st) and a late Whinchat was at Longslade Bottom (26th). Another Whinchat was at Bransbury Common (2nd), where Hen Harrier (9th, 24th) and Short-eared Owl (25th) were also reported. A Whooper Swan was at Testwood Lakes, along with Great White Egrets (max. 5, 3rd-28th) and Bittern (two on 15th, one 17th-27th). Great White Egrets were also seen at Tundry Pond (14th, 28th), Fleet Pond (19th), Timsbury (2N on 20th), Yateley GP (22nd-23rd), Fishlake Meadows (24th) and Warnford (26th). A Cattle Egret flew over Liss (30th). A Long-tailed Duck was off Weston Shore (19th-29th), as well as three Shags (25th). Hen Harriers were at Alresford (16th, 26th, 30th), plus Marsh Harrier (26th), Green Sandpiper (max. 7) and Water Pipit (max. 4). High numbers of numbers of Hawfinches continued to be reported, with maxima of 21 over Bricksbury Hill, Fleet (5th), 24 over Trigpoint Hill, Timsbury (9th) and 21 settled at Testwood Lakes (15th).

 

Tom Jordan

 

December 5th, 2017