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Birds


Barnacle geese were seen at Farlington and on Southsea Common on 24th.

There were 47 eiders, 3 velvet scoters and 22 common scoters off Hill Head on 25th.  Next day 3 velvets were close in and 9 common flew east.

Three cattle egrets were at Castle farm Warblington on 26th.


A great white egret was on the Posbrook Floods on 22nd.

There were 2 avocets at the Hayling oyster beds on 23rd.


There were 19 purple sandpipers on the steps near the Blue Reef Aquarium at Southsea on 24th.

Up to 160 Mediterranean gulls were seen at the Hayling oyster beds on 23rd.

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A first winter yellow-legged gull was on the beach at Hill Head at low tide on 25th.



A sparrowhawk devoured a collared dove in a Southsea garden on 23rd.

There was a marsh harrier at Farlington on 24th.

A red kite was mobbed by crows over Silvester Road Cowplain on 24th.  Others flew over Fareham and Wallington on 25th


There were 2 barn owls in the split oak on the Titchfield canal path on 22nd.  One was in the usual hole on 26th.

A tawny owl is using a Denmead garden nest box.  Two were calling in Staunton CP on 25th.



Skylarks were singing over Farlington Marshes on 23rd and 24th.

Two Dartford warblers were seen at Beachlands on Hayling Island on 26th - presumably in the gorse around the 9 hole golf course.



Two male firecrest were singing within 20 metres of each other along Hook's Lane Havant and then in the trees surrounding the Rugby Club on 22nd.

Forty fieldfares were north of Fort Southwick on 23rd and the same number on the Titchfield canal path on 25th.

On 26th at sunset 2 redwings were seen in Staunton  country park

Blackbirds were building a nest in Lovedean on on 23rd.

Black redstarts were week in Lincoln Road Fratton and at Eastoke on Hayling Island on 24th.


A grey wagtail was seen on the Sandy Point Hayling reserve on 22nd.

There were 18 crossbills at Hundred Acres in the main car-park on 24th and 11 on 25th.

Two bullfinches  were on a Waterlooville garden feeder on 23rd.



 

 

Butterflies

 

   

A brimstone was present in a Waterlooville garden on 23rd and were also seen further west.

A  small tortoiseshell was patrolling up and down the site Milton lock NNR on 26th.

 

 

 

Plants

 

There is a lovely display of wood violets in the church yard at Brockhampton mixed in with snowdrops and daffs.

 

 

Insects

 

The sun has brought bumblebees out in many locations.

Other Wildlife

 

 Toad spawn appeared in a Cosham garden pond on 22nd and one on Portsdown on 25th.  Frog spawn is now widespread.

 

A pipistrelle flew along on the pathway to the main gate at Staunton CP at sunset on 25th.

 



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