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Birds

 

A winter plumage great northern diver came in from west distant and high and eventually close over beach at Stokes Bay on 23rd. (KJ Ilsley)

 

 

My personal news for this week so far has as its highlights the sight of two young Herons violently exercising their wings in their Langstone Mill Pond nest on Apr 22 and on that same visit clearly saw 8 eggs in the Swan nest. I visited the pond again today but have no further news though I had previously been to the Thorney Deeps and heard my first Sedge Warblers in full song and seen my first fully open Elder flowerhead in Pook Lane.

 

 

In Bedhampton on   21 April  5 buzzards and a sparrowhawk were  "riding a thermal" to height, over my home.   Later watched similar action, three Buzzards and a sparrowhawk, over Havant Thicket.   (R Townley)

 

Four buzzards and a peregrine were seen over Portsdown on 23rd.  (JG)

 

Marsh harriers were seen on 23rd at Stokes Bay  heading west over Solent and out towards Fawley; and from the Titchfield Haven Canal Path.

 

 

Whimbrel were seen on 21st at the Hayling Oyster Beds (W Hayling LNR) (4); Hayling Island, Northney Common (5); and along the shoreline of Milton Common, Portsmouth (1).  There were 2 on the saltmarsh by Northney Lane HI on 23rd.

 

A green sandpiper was on flood N of the Posbrook flood this morning.  Two were In first field north of Posbrook Flood on 22nd and 1 on 23rd (D Wallace)

 

 

At Southsea Castle on 22nd there were 14 purple sandpipers.  (MF Wearing)

 

There were 73 black-tailed godwits at Titchfield Haven on 22nd.

 

Common, little and Sandwich terns and great and arctic skuas were seen from Hayling Island, Sandy Point on 23rd. (P Milinets-Raby)

 

Three great skuas Flew high east through Solent past Stokes Bay on 23rd.  (DE Stevenson)

 

 

 

 

There were 2 little terns and common and Sandwich terns at the oyster beds on 21st.

 

 

A yellow wagtail was heard flying N. over Posbrook Floods on 21st.

 

On 22nd a whinchat was seen from the Meadow Hide at Titchfield Haven (M Crutch)

 

A male ring ouzel was seen along foot path in fields that separate Havant Thicket  from Staunton country park. (M Collins)

 

At 12 noon today two Nightingales were singing on the large scrubby area to the east of Marlpit Lane within about 100m of each other. There are none up the lane itself as yet, though a Willow Warbler is singing there which is unusual for that site.

Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Brian Fellows

 

 

A beautiful start to the Bank Holiday found me at Langstone Pond where both Reed Warbler and Reed Bunting were singing and at least two young Herons were visible in their nest among the many Egret nests.  (R Hollins)

 

A lesser whitethroat  was at Northney Common HI on 21st. Another was in the Posbrook Flood area on 23rd.

 

A tree sparrow continues to show well at the cottage hide at Titchfield Haven  ( M Crutch)

 

Butterflies

 

 Mark tutton reports from Rake bottom (SU712208) where the following observations were made: Dingy Skipper (9), Duke of Burgundy (3), Green-veined White (1), Grizzled Skipper (25), Peacock (2), Green Hairstreak (8).

 

Insects (& spiders)

 

 

Plants

In Langstone I noticed a lot more flowers on the Lesser Sea Spurrey lining the foot of the buildings along the raised path going south from the High Street to the Ship Inn.

Reaching the Ferry Inn roundabout I found Early Forget-me-nots in flower for the first time along with Bur Chervil and a huge mass of Spring Beauty. On the south side of the Golf Course more than one Meadow Pipit was singing above a display of at least 500 Green Winged Orchids among which was one substantial patch of white-flowered Subterranean Clover. Also seen here were the first flowers of Sea Radish and flower buds on the Tree Lupins plus flowers of Thrift and Sea Campion. (R Hollins)

New plants for me on Portsdown on 23rd were milkwort and salad burnet.   Yellow vetchling is doing well on the slope down into the west end of the Paulsgrove chalk pit but is not yet in flower. (JG)

 

 

 

Other Wildlife

 

On 21st water voles (possibly as many as 4) were seen on the Langbrook Stream a bit further down from the mill wheel.  (Adele Mallows)

 

I saw a beautiful white squirrel at the back of the Portsmouth Guildhall this evening (23 April) at about 6:00 pm.  It was close to the railway track, by the University buildings, sitting on a fence, but fled as I pulled my camera out. Nick Langford  Havant

 

 

 


 

 


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