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Tuesday, 30 December 2008

HAMPSHIRE BIRDING TODAY











Hampshire Images by Joe Stockwell (JSL Photography)
The long-staying GREAT WHITE EGRET remains at Blashford Lakes HWT, ranging between Rockford Lake and Mockbeggar Lake. A EURASIAN BITTERN is on Ivy Lake, with 2 FIRECRESTS in the vicinity of the hide there.
Up to 4 BLACK-NECKED GREBES are wintering on Ibsley Water, with 3 BEWICK'S SWANS either on here or at nearby Ibsley Water Meadows.
In the New Forest, up to 12 HAWFINCHES are roosting in the tall evergreen trees at Blackwater Arboretum, Rhinefield, with 1 NORTHERN GREY SHRIKE still to be found at Burley (SU 201 012).
The adult RED-BREASTED GOOSE continues at Keyhaven Marshes, where also an adult BLACK BRANT has joined the Dark-bellied Brent Goose throng. The first-winter drake RING-NECKED DUCK remains at Frith End Sand Pit, with the adult RING-BILLED GULL on Walpole Park Sailing Lake, Gosport.