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See fox cubs in a Portsdown garden on 5th May at - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyGUF4Y9jyM
Fareham Creek 10:00 Eider 1 Male. Seen by my brother on Cams Hall Golf Course. The bird was waddling across the fairway chasing the local Mallards then flew off and landed on the island on the nearby lake by the fourth hole. This is a private site, though the lake in question can be seen from the pathway that borders Fareham Creek. See photo. This could well be the same individual that was seen recently in Petersfield. P Milinets-Raby.
Meon Canal Path 09:00 Hobby 1 Hunting over floods also good numbers of Swifts present; garganey 1 m. Still present on Bridge street flood. DJ Ryves
Titchfield Haven 12:30 Garganey 1 drk. Seen from Spurgin Hide. R Carpenter [ was this the same bird as seen on the Meon Canal Path? JG ]
peter gardner reports from butser hill lower north slopes (SU656223) where the following observations were made: Duke of Burgundy (3), Grizzled Skipper (5), Green Hairstreak (2), Orange-tip (1), Small White (1). "not a perfect butterfly day but we had a great day they all stopped for us".
Cuckoo 1 Calling,
Between 06:00 / 06:30 this morning. R
A few swallow, a couple of sand martin
and several swift forced, low over the Stream by the
bad weather gave good views, also from there bearded tit
flying back and forth indicated that they are feeding young in the nest
now and a loudly calling water rail suggests that hey
are also breeding in the reedbed again. the oddest sighting of the day
was a moorhen swimming on the sea in Russell's Lake, it
got up and flew several times but remained out on the salty side of the
seawall. R Chapman
Southsea swifts 10 Up to ten Swifts now over the Southsea rooftops. Welcome back guys. JJ Goodrich
Stokes Bay Little terns 6 2 east. Oops... 3 more at 1530. Now 4 feeding in the bay 15:35. DE Stevenson
It was good to see Orange Tip, Green-veined
White and Small White butterflies on the ‘Mound’, which also has a good
flowering show of Bluebells, Celandines, Bugles etc (but Milk Thistles
seem to be in terminal decline). (See
Thursday for Chis's bird situation.
(See Thursday for Chis's bird situation.
Chris C ockburn
Sandy Point (Hayling Island) Black redstart 1 P Boult
Farlington Marshes Greenshank 1 on the lake; common sandpiper 2 on the stream near the building. R Chapman
Meon Canal Path hobby 1 wheatear 1 1s male. 2 fields S of the Posbrook flood. D Houghton
The first black-headed gull chick at the Oysterbeds was seen today by Richard who also noted 8 common terns and one Sandwich tern on the East Island of the lagoon. Richard also recorded at least seven little terns on the recently imported shingle at the western end of the North West Bund – similar numbers to recent days, which strongly suggests that the little terns might nest there, given that this record was made during the low tide period (i.e. not just a high tide roost).
A boat tour around the harbour islands this afternoon revealed that significant numbers of little terns were roosting on the recent shingle recharge on South Binness Island and on the beaches of Baker’s Island – it was estimated that there must be at least c80 little terns in the harbour – demonstrating once again that, despite the recent breeding’ disasters, the harbour has a great attraction for these birds. It is evident that the RSPB Little Tern Project is on the right tracks in creating suitable habitats for these birds and how vital funding is to achieve the aims.
Common terns were seen displaying and some apparently nesting on three of the harbour islands but it seems that Sandwich terns, and not unusual for them, have taken umbrage at the previous two very bad breeding seasons and have mostly deserted the harbour.
Good numbers of oystercatchers were seen but there was little evidence of a recovery in the numbers of breeding ringed plovers that have declined worryingly in recent years.
It was evident that Mediterranean gulls were nesting in low numbers compared to the 500 nests counted in 2011 (the year of the fox!); but this is no surprise for a colonising/pioneering species.
The territorial crows that are based on Long Island have not repeated their ground-nesting behaviour of 2010 but a crow has been recently seen (including today) foraging on the NW parts of South Binness and Baker’s Islands, particularly in the areas likely to be used by nesting little terns. This crow flies to and from the west and is perhaps based at FM.
I did get down to Farlington in the afternoon to check the cattle and lapwing. I was pleased to see my first lapwing chicks of the year with broods near the Scrape and Deeps, both were only small so they have a long way to go. Several other pairs seem to have failed, but a good few are still sitting, so there may well be other chicks very soon.Generally the reserve seemed quiet though with just a few swift, swallow and a couple of sand martin hawking for insects over the fields. When the sun came put there were a few insects including quite a number of hoverflies visiting buttercup flowers,
There was also a Helophilus trivittatus, my
first this year, this is the larger cousin of the common H.
Looking out over the Harbour around high tide I did see a drake
red-breasted merganser. At the Lake a
single greenshank and a grey plover
were roosting and along the Stream 6 ringed plover, 7
dunlin and 2 common sandpiper.
R Chapman (108ft blog)
R Chapman (108ft blog)
Stokes Bay Gosport Yellow wagtail 4 2W, 2W and 2E a few mins later, presumed same. During becalmed morning seawatch. J Norton.
Portsmouth Harbour 19:15 common tern 300 A conservative count. Offshore from the fuel jetty at Gosport. MJ Palmer
Hill Head 11:00 Sanderling 15 Feeding on the rising tide. S Copsey
Gosport 17:25 Hoopoe Still feeding inside the compound of the Defence Munitions. Viewed from 'carpark' at the junction of the A32/Aerodrome Road. A Bowley