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BLASHFORD LAKES/AVON VAL­LEY: High­lights in­cluded a Scaup (19th), Marsh Har­rier (11th), Caspian Gull (5th-10th) and Wa­ter Pipit (27th-28th). There was a White-fronted Goose, Fer­rug­i­nous Duck, Black-necked Grebe, Bit­tern, two Great White Egrets, a Red Kite, Green Sand­piper, Firecrest, 18 Mediter­ranean Gulls, two Ring-billed Gulls, three Yel­low-legged Gulls, seven Bram­blings, Siskins, Lesser Red­polls, 110 Shov­el­ers, 273 Cor­morants, 5,000 Black-headed Gulls, 800 Com­mon Gulls and 1,000 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

FARLINGTON MARSHES/LANGSTONE HAR­BOUR: There were pale-bel­lied Brent Geese (5th, 12th & 25th), a Red Kite, Pere­grine, Jack Snipe, Barn Owl, Marsh Har­rier, Spot­ted Red­shank, three Short-eared Owls and six Bearded Tits. The har­bour held a Scaup (5th), two Long-tailed Ducks, 16 Black-necked Grebes, 30 Avo­cets and a Ra­zor­bill.

LYMINGTON-MIL­FORD-ON-SEA: High­lights were a Mer­lin (6th), Whim­brel (19th) and Wa­ter Pip­its (11th and 19th). There were eight Spoon­bills, three Marsh Har­ri­ers, 12 Avo­cets, good num­bers of Golden Plovers and Knot and a few Ruff, Spot­ted Red­shanks and Bearded Tits. Off­shore were 11 Red-throated Divers, a Great North­ern Diver, three Slavo­nian Grebes and a Ra­zor­bill.

OTHER SITES: The Lit­tle Bunting at Ports­down Hill re­mained (to 9th). A Cattle Egret was at Pin­gle­stone Cress Beds. Five Waxwings were at White­ley, with others at Ring­wood, Winch­ester, Fleet and 14 at El­vetham Heath. Black Brants were at Inch­mery and East­ney. A Long-tailed Duck and Black-throated Diver were in Chich­ester Har­bour. Seven Red-throated Divers were off Stokes Bay (3rd). A Great White Egret was at Bramshill Plan­ta­tion (19th). Hen Har­ri­ers were in the New For­est and the TITCHFIELD HAVEN: High­lights in­cluded a Bit­tern (28th), three Spoon­bills (28th), Red Kites (13th and 24th), Mer­lins (5th, 9th and 13th), a Wood­cock (24th) and Barn Owl (5th-6th). A Snow Bunting re­mained (to 4th). A Lit­tle Gull re­mained on nearby farm­land (to 19th). There were four Marsh Har­ri­ers, 21 Avo­cets, Mediter­ranean Gulls, a King­fisher, three Wa­ter Pip­its, Bearded Tits, two Firecrests, 145 Snipe and three Jack Snipe. The sea be­tween Hill Head and Chill­ing pro­duced a pale-bel­lied Brent Goose, six Scaup, 50 Eiders, a Long-tailed Duck, 13 Com­mon Scot­ers, a Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Great North­ern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, 11 Sand­wich Terns and a Ra­zor­bill. Al­res­ford area. Mer­lins were at Bea­con Hill-warn­ford and in the New For­est. Nine Pur­ple Sand­pipers were at South­sea Cas­tle. A Lit­tle Gull was off Sandy Point (2nd), with a Glau­cous Gull there (10th). A Short-eared Owl was at Ock­nell Plain (1st). Eight Wa­ter Pip­its were at Lower Test Marshes and four at Al­res­ford Cress Beds. Black Red­starts were at Faw­ley Power Sta­tion, Hayling Is­land, Portsmouth and Southamp­ton. Great Grey Shrikes were in the New For­est. Away from the For­est, Hawfinches were at Ewhurst Park, Lake­side, Old Bas­ing, Rom­sey and Weston Com­mon. There were 100,000 Star­lings at Winch­ester (21st). Richard Car­pen­ter

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