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Slash's Hants 2009 List (1 Viewer)

Matelot birder

World traveller courtesy of the RN, Hants lister,
a call from a friend and I was in the car on my way to Sandy Point, Hayling Island. Here whilst looking for the rarity I saw my first

180 - Spotted Flycatcher

of the year. Eventually the bird came into view after we heard brief snatches of its song. This was a lifer for me, in the form of a

181 - Icterine Warbler

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Matelot birder

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We spent the morning at Martin Down. We had two target species and we werent disappointed. Firstly we heard a familiar sound, a singing

183 - Corn Bunting

We eventually had 3 to 4 birds, at about the same time we saw a distant

184 - Turtle Dove

which eventually gave great views

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Matelot birder

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Last night we went to a nearby wooded area and at about 21:45 heard our first

185 - Nightjar

singing, this year. Always a great sound accompanied by the hoot of the Tawny, the squeek of the Woodcock and the blast of the Nightingale.

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Matelot birder

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Heading to farlington for a Spotted Crake, I spent 4 hours there without any luck, but on arrival there was a strangely plumaged

189 - Ruff

back tomorrow for the Crake !!
 

Matelot birder

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What a cracking day, firstly I had a call telling me that the rare American duck had been relocated at IBM lake in Portsmouth. When I got there the place was packed with Hants birders and the

196 - Blue-winged Teal

was sleeping quietly on the opposite bank. Every now and then it stretched and gave us a flash of blue. We then heard that a uncommon wader was present at Farlington Marshes. After work I wandered around to the deeps and the

197 - Grey Phalarope

was feeding just inside the reed bed about 20 feet away.
Here were also a couple of

198 - Yellow Wagtail

and as I wandred back to my car, I scanned the fence and picke up a

199 - Whinchat

Flycatching from the fence and the ground.

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Matelot birder

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A good day yesterday, with my 200th Hants bird being a confiding

200 - Tree Sparrow

drinking in the small pond by the tea room at Titchfield Haven.
Later from the Spurgin Hide we had a

201 - Little Stint

in extremely bad light.

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Matelot birder

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An unexpected bird this morning and indeed the very first bird of the day was a female

202 - Firecrest

This bird felt tiny in the hand but never fails to impress with its beautiful head markings

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Matelot birder

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It;s been a while since I had a new bird, so I shot off at first light to try for
the

203 - Spotted Sandpiper

which Mike Rafer had found at Lower Brook, just north of Romsey. The bird showed well on the manicured lawns of the large house just before the village.

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Matelot birder

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Today I met up with Steve and we went off into the dockyard to find a juvenile

205 - Shag

that Steve had found a few days before. It sat contented as we got a few photos in the sunshine.

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