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Birds


Two red-legged partridges spent the 4 days up to at least 7th in a Hilltop Crescent garden. On 7th one flew across the B2177 just west of The George pub. They have been hanging around this area, where they are unusual, for over a week. SU671065.

 

Two eider flew into the foreshore at Hill Head on 10th.

 

 

 

A lapwing was still present on Gipsies Plain this week.

 

Three little ringed plovers were seen on the east edge of the Bridge St floods on 5th.  Two were on 2 small pools close to the sea wall path at the south west corner of Farlington Marshes on 7th.  Two were on a small pond south of the lake.

 

Whimbrel (7) were at Hill Head and the oyster beds (2) on 10th.

 

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Two bar-tailed godwits were on the stream at Farlington on 7th.  One was among the Hill Head whimbrels on 10th

 

 

Over 150 black-tailed godwits were seen by the mouth of the Langbrook stream at  South Moor Langstone on 5th.  Not a usual sight in this part of the harbour.

 

There was a greenshank at Budds farm on 10th.

 

 

 

Three snipe were seen on the Titchfield canal path on 5th.

 

A little gull was on the Budds Farm lagoons Brockhampton on 8th and 9th.

 

around 50 Mediterranean gulls were at the oyster beds on 10th.

 

 

 

 

 

There were 3 greater black-backed gulls in the Langstone Bridge Northney area on 7th.

 

A common tern  flew into Langstone Harbour on 8th.  A common and a little tern flew past Hill Head on 10th.

 

 

 

 

 

A shag was roosting on a wooden groin opposite the golf clubhouse at Beachlands Hayling on 5th.

 

An osprey seen from Hill Head flew west through the Solent on 7th and one was over Baffins Pond on 9th.

 

A red kite  was seen over the Titchfield Haven reserve at 13:30 on 9th and at 15:30 over the upper haven from the canal path.

 

 

 

A white-tailed eagle flew up from the ground to sit on a Thorney Island post to eat a tasty morsel, before taking off and flying east towards Chichester Harbour on 5th.

 

There were 3 bearded tits in the redd beds at Farlington on 7th.

 

 

Swallows, sand and house martins have been seen over lakes and ponds as they arrive for the summer.

There were 20 sand martins and 5 house martins around on the Titchfield canal path on 5th.  There were a few swallows among the sand martins on 6th and 5 over Farlington Marshes on 7th.  On 9th 50 house martins were over the Posbrook floods. 



A sedge warbler was in the point field at Farlington on 7th and 2 by the Milton Common lakes on 9th.

A willow warbler was on the Titchfield canal path on 5th.

 

There was a whitethroat by the golf course at Sinah on 10th.

 

 

 

Two mistle thrushes were seen from the Titchfield canal path on 9th.

 

 

 

There was a ring ouzel at Tournerbury on Hayling Island on 5th.

 

A female/juvenile black redstart  was on rooftops in Gunwharf Gate in the evening on 5th.

 

Redstarts were seen on 9th by the Posbrook floods and at Farlington Marshes by the hut.

 

Two rock pipits were at Southsea Castle on 10th.

 

 

A male and a possible juvenile siskin were in a Waterlooville garden on 5th.

 

 




 

 

Butterflies

 

 

 

 

 

Plants

 

 

 Green alkanet is in flower in a Portsdown garden.

Eight cowslips are flowering  on  an East Hoe Road verge (between Stoke wood and Hambledon)  

   

   

 

 

 

Insects

 

Broad-bordered bee flies were seen along the Monarch's Way at Blendworth on 9th.

   

   

 

 

 

Other Wildlife

 

 

A ‘black’ adder was by the stream running across the land north of the bridleway on Gipsies Plain on 9th.

 

 

 

 



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