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          Week ending:             August 10th    August 17th    August 24th

 

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Birds

 

A black swan was at Titchfield Haven on 24th.

 

 

Last week I reported a sighting of 30 Brent geese at Langstone Bridge.  This is very unlikely and may have been a group of geese including some of the half dozen that have summered in Langstone Harbour.  I shouldprobably have ignored the report.  JG.

 

A gannet was offshore at Hill Head on 29th.

 

 

Three wigeon were seen on Farlington Marshes on 27th  (I Calderwood) and 7 on 29th (T Carpenter).

 

 

 

There were 40 little egrets in the area of Langstone Mill Pond and its trees on 27th (LJ Amey) but on 29th there were 227 at dusk. (R Hollins)

 

A spoonbill was at  Titchfield Haven from 21/8 to 24/8.

 

On 28th a female/immature marsh harrier was at Titchfield Haven for most of the day.

 

 

An Osprey was perched on a wooden structure off the southern end of Thorney Island the morning of 27th at 10.40.It then took off and caught a fish off Pilsey Sands and flew over to the adjacent landing lights with its catch. At 11.43 it flew NE over Pilsey Island and out into the harbour and flushed a Avocet off the saltmarsh as it did so. In the horse paddocks etc on the airfield there were 24 Wheatears, 4 Whinchats and several Yellow Wagtails.  On the east side of the island  on a fence post was an Osprey eating a fish at 12.30 probably the same bird that flew over Pilsey. A second Osprey flew in over the Great Deep at 12.47 and proceeded fishing.  (B Collins)

 

Other ospreys have been seen at Titchfield Haven (29/8) and Farlington (29/8).

 

Up to 3 water rails including a juvenile have been at Titchfield Haven this week.

 

Waders at Farlington on 27th included a common sandpiper, 19  greenshanks and a curlew sandpiper. (I Calderwood)

 

Nine greenshanks were off Pook Lane Warblington at low tide on 27th.  (P Milinets Raby)

 

Waders at Titchfield Haven this week included up to 11  avocets, 1 or 2 little ringed plovers, a green sandpiper, greenshanks, at least 20 snipe, a bar-tailed godwit and up to 25 whimbrel. 

A barn owl was seen on Portsdown on 28th.

On 26th a wryneck was in SW corner of Titchfield Haven @ SU530025 on 26th. It sat in the silver birch briefly before flying west over the stream, and maybe the road. (DE Stevenson)

 

 

Lesser spotted woodpeckers were recorded at Browndown South (28/8 - MH)and Lee-on-the-Solent (26/8 per MH)

 

 

Six sand martins were off Conigar Point hawking over the low tide mud with 60+ Swallows on 27th (P Milinets Raby)

 

 

A male blackcap was in a Widley garden on 25th.  (JG) 

 

 

Two yellow wagtails were calling & flying  south at Warblington on 27th (P Milinets Raby)  and were also seen at Northney (30) Farlington (6 among the cattle) Brownwich (max. 28+ 27/8), East Gosport (5 over 27/8), Gilkicker (5-27/8), and 140 in a  Titchfield Haven roost.

 

 

A spotted flycatcher and a sparrow hawk were at Northney Common on 25th.  (I Mears)

 

Another spotted flycatcher and 5 tree pipits were in the Highland Rd cemetery at Southsea on 27th.  (JJ Goodridge)

 

 

 

A whinchat was at Farlington on 27th.

 

 

Butterflies & Moths

 

On 28th August a hummingbird hawkmoth was in a Lovedean garden  investigating  lavender. (Katie Mann)  

Hummingbird Hawkmoth – Alverstoke (27/8 by day), East Gosport (27/8), Titchfield Haven (24/8)

 

 

A buff-tip moth caterpillar was on the pavement near Maypole pub, Hayling Island on  29/08/14  Unbelievably, it had just crossed the road and survived!  (M Berry)

Butterflies on Old Winchester Hill this week include 12 adonis blues, 16 brown argus, chalkhill blues, 2 clouded yellows and 4 silver-spotted skippers.

   

 

 

 

 

Insects & Spiders

A wasp spider was near Sinah Warren, Hayling Island on   27/08/14   1  female.  (Ros Norton)

   

 

 

 

Plants

 
In the rough meadow which stretches between Middle Park Way and Staunton CP sneezewort, the wild yellow loosestrife, pepper saxifrage and wild angelica are in flower.  (R Hollins)

Autumn ladies' tresses are in flower again this year on the left hand side of the road approaching Asda at Bedhampton.  There are also a few in a Waterlooville garden.  (A Mallows)

   

A greater celandine was in flower this week in the roadside grass on the south side of the road just west of the Havant Crematorium.  Just off Southbrook Road in Langstone there were half a dozen  least yellow sorrel flowers and one freshly flowering foxglove. (R Hollins)

 

Other Wildlife

There were two sightings of a weasel in a Wade Court garden on 26th. The first for several years. (N Knight)

Sightings of water voles on the Langbrook Stream near Tesco, Havant continue.  One was there on  28/08/14 (Ros Norton)

 

   

 

 


 

 


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