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