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BLASH­FORD LAKES/AVON VAL­LEY: A Bon­a­parte’s Gull was on Ib­s­ley Wa­ter (from 17th), with it, or an­other, at Hamer War­ren Sand Pit (29th). There were three Lit­tle Gulls (from 15th), two Black Terns (25th-30th), 93 Mediter­ranean Gulls (30th), Ruff (2nd-3rd & 22nd-25th), a Bar-tailed God­wit (30th), Turn­stone (30th), Whim­brel, Green­shank, Ringed Plover, Dun­lin, Green Sand­piper and Com­mon Sand­piper, Wa­ter Pipit (1st-2nd), Os­prey (27th) and Great White Egret (4th). The White-fronted Goose re­mained at Har­bridge (to 24th). An Os­prey was at Bick­ton (30th).

FARLINGTON MARSHES/LANGSTONE HAR­BOUR: Farlington had a Tawny Pipit (22nd), two Short-eared Owls (2nd-24th), an Os­prey (1st), Marsh Harrier (23rd), Spot­ted Red­shank (4th-24th), Nightin­gale (25th-26th), Red­start, Whin­chat, Yel­low Wag­tail and Wheatear. Langstone Har­bour held two Long-tailed Ducks (1st-5th). Hayling Is­land had a Serin (5th-8th), Arc­tic Skuas (17th and 20th) and a Ra­zor­bill (5th).

LYMING­TON-MIL­FORD-ON-SEA: Pen­ning­ton Marshes had a Ken­tish Plover

(20th-21st), Curlew Sand­piper (21st-25th), Jack Snipe (15th), four Ruff and five Spot­ted Red­shanks. A Cat­tle Egret flew over Oxey Marsh (9th), with Great White Egrets there (14th & 24th) and three Spoon­bills (6th-29th). There was a Gar­ganey (9th), with two (14th-20th), Vel­vet Scoter (1st-4th), three Wa­ter Pip­its (1st-11th), a Ring Ouzel (11th), Mer­lins (2nd & 19th) and an Os­prey (8th). High­lights from Mil­ford-on-sea in­cluded nine Po­ma­rine Skuas (30th), eight Great Skuas (29th), 21 Arc­tic Skuas (30th), two Puffins (24th), seven Vel­vet Scot­ers (30th), a Long-tailed Duck, Red- and Black-throated Divers, Black and Arc­tic Terns, Lit­tle Gull, Kit­ti­wake, Guille­mot and Ful­mar.

TITCHFIELD HAVEN: A Black-winged Stilt was on the Pos­brook Floods (1st-2nd). Lin­ger­ing win­ter vis­i­tors in­cluded two Wa­ter Pip­its (1st), a Lit­tle Gull (to 26th) and two Long-tailed Ducks (to 22nd). There were four Gar­ganeys (13th), Ospreys (11th & 15th), a Hen Harrier (27th) and Ring Ouzel (23rd). Sea pas­sage in­cluded 18 Arc­tic Skuas (30th), a Great Skua (30th), 11 Black Terns (30th), Lit­tle Gull, Arc­tic Tern, Ful­mar and Kit­ti­wake.

OTHER SITES: A Cat­tle Egret was at North Boarhunt (27th-30th). Great White Egrets were at 10 sites, in­clud­ing four at Test­wood Lakes and three at Fish­lake Mead­ows. Win­ter­ing birds in­cluded two Great Grey Shrikes at Bishop’s Dyke (18th-25th), four Wa­ter Pip­its at Al­res­ford (4th-9th), two Waxwings at Av­ing­ton (1st-5th) and Hen Har­ri­ers at Al­res­ford Pond (4th) and in the New For­est (1st-12th). Two Gar­ganeys were at Fleet Pond (1st-8th). Black Terns were there (20th-21st) and at Fish­lake Mead­ows (30th). Ospreys were at nine sites. A Lit­tle Gull was at Fleet Pond (9th). Ring Ouzels in­cluded five at Butser Hill (22nd). A Black Red­start was at Daneb­ury (15th). A Hobby was at Bur­ridge (1st), Gar­den War­bler in Chan­dler’s Ford (2nd) and Nightjar at Longslade Bot­tom (22nd). Wood War­blers were at Old Bas­ing, Dum­mer and Crab Wood. Stokes Bay had 16 Arc­tic Skuas, a Great Skua, Vel­vet Scoter and Lit­tle Gull (30th).

Tom Jor­dan

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