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A male garganey  was seen pm on 21st on the Budds Farm pools, Brockhampton, Havant   21/04/15 .  (Ros Norton) 

A hobby was seen in the wade lane pony field  on Tuesday evening.  (JA Chapman)

Red kites continue to be seen locally - in Chalton and Clanfield on 21st and 19th respectively.

There were still 3 spoonbills on the east side of the Great Deep at Thorney Island on 2th.

At Langstone Mill Pond, the Southmoors seawall and Southmoor Lane there were an estimated 60+ little egrets with 20+ nests this week.


The Titchfield Haven greater yellowlegs showed well from the Suffern Hide at Titchfield before disappearing from view along a channel. (D Wallace)

Lots of whimbrels this week - 12 at The Kench and 12 at the oyster beds on 23rd.  7 off Southsea on 25th.

A common sandpiper was in Tipner Lake on 22nd. (LJ Amey)

A ruff was in the lower river and seen from the road at Titchfield Haven on 23rd.

Purple sandpipers can still be seen at Southsea Castle .

Around 150 Mediterranean gulls were following tractors on Thorney island on 24th.

Five little terns were off Farlington Marshes on 23rd; up to 50 common terns at the oyster beds; 13 Sandwich terns and 3 arctic terns close in at Southsea on 23rd or 24th.  Also on 24th a dark phase arctic skua flew east of Southsea.  On 25th the same species and a fulmar and a great skua were seen.

Birds on Milton Common on 20th included 6 Cetti's warblers, 4 sedge warblers, 5 reed warblers and 8 whitethroats. A yellow wagtail was there on 23rd. (K Crisp)

On 20th 3 swallows and 5 wheatears were on Southmoors.  (R Skinner)

A nightingale was 200m south of Hayling Island, Sandy Point Lifeboat station in scrub at 09:40 on 20th. (T carpenter)  On 23rd one was seen and heard at the usual site in Marlpit Lane.


A female ring ousel was on Farlington Marshes on 23rd.

Two cuckoos were on the Hayling Billy Path north of the oyster beds on 23rd and 2 on Thorney Island on 24th.


There were 2 lesser whitethroats singing at the northern entrance to the oyster beds on 23rd.  Two were on Thorney on 24th.


On April 23rd at Titchfield Haven 4 male reed buntings were seen.  A very healthy-looking fox ran right by us on the canal-side part of the reserve, by the reed beds.  20 -30 turnstones on the foreshore at Titchfield Haven - and 2 ( also healthy-looking) rats!   Katie Mann








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On Butser Hill on 21st 20+ Green Hairstreaks including four fighting one another 30+ Grizzled Skippers, a dozen very fresh Dingy Skippers and seven male Duke of Burgundy were seen. [Posted by Mark Tutton]


Another green hairstreak was seen on Portsdown on 24th.



In a central Havant garden a tawny mining bee was seen on 21st. ( R Hollins)







Yellow archangel and cross wort are in flower in QECP  and the pond has  profuse marsh marigold and cuckoo flower.  (Val vardon_)

Early purple orchids  are flowering in Hollybank Woods - about 20 flowers with more to come.  There also quite a few white dog violets  and the display of celandine and wood anemone is superb. (JG)

The single green winged orchid in a Wade Lane (transplanted from Jill's north Emsworth garden) started to flower today.
Orange-tip, brimstone and peacock butterflies are around.  (N Knight)

New plants on Portsdown include milk wort and cross wort (actually seen last week) and birds foot trefoil. (JG)


Bur chervil, eastern rocket, early forget-me-not and hairy tare were all seen in the Sinah area on 24th.  Round Gunner Point sea radish is beginning to flower as are sheep sorrel and ribwort plantain.  At least 275 green-winged orchids are now in flower and there will soon be many more.








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