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Thursday, 15 January 2009


Started the day at Hampshire Hatches Lane, located the TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE after about 20 minutes, with Greylags and Canada's. There were 6 Egyptian Geese there too. On the river, 1 male and 1 female Goosander, Grey Wagtail, few Common Snipe in the fields and a Common Chiffchaff at the ford. c150 Redwing on the small farm

On to Ibsley Water Meadows looking for BEWICK'S SWANS, soon found the family group comprising 2 adults and 1 first-winter.

We then drove around to North End Farm at Harbridge for thrushes; as I scanned around one bird seemed just a teensy bit bigger, it was a GREAT BUSTARD no less! It had wing tags numbered 28 and seemed happy enough strutting around the field loosely associated with the Mute Swans, 1 adult BEWICK'S SWAN there too and c200 Fieldfare and Redwing.

Failed to find the Bittern, but had 5 Brambling and 6 Redpoll + lots of Siskins from the Woodland Hide. Quick stop at Mark Ash on the way home, terrific views of a Tawny Owl sitting in its hole entrance (Steve P and Mike B, HOSListers)