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Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Very scarce Hampshire passage migrant; Farlington Marshes

First reported yesterday, I caught up with this very scarce Hampshire passage migrant at Farlington Marshes this evening unfortunately the digi-scoped photos turned out to be of very poor quality but hopefully the digi-scoped video at least captures the bird / imagination.

The spotted crake Porzana porzana is a member of the Rallidae family - like the moorhen Gallinula chloropus and water rail Rallus aquaticus filmed at Titchfield Haven recently. The Hampshire Bird Report 2007 indicates that only five of these birds were recorded on passage in Hampshire in 2007 all birds being seen at FM.



For more information on the national status of the spotted crake goto: http://rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/s/spottedcrake/index.asp
Also of note on the lagoon at FM between 18:15 and 19:15 - 2 common sandpipers Actitus hypoleucos, a single green sandpiper Tringa ochropus and two greenshank Tringa nebularia - water rail also showed well (1 ad and 1 juv.) and med. gulls Larus melanocephalus were present. 5 + bearded reedlings Panurus biamicus and 2 - 3 reed warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus provided additional value showing and feeding within the reed-bed edges. A little stint Calidris minuta was reported on The Deeps but not tried for.

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