Saturday, 1 October 2022

1st October - 3rd October 2022

Sunday, 2nd OctoberA wet start to the day with a NNE wind of F3, backing to the west...hopefully drying up as the day progresses...

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Selsey Bill: (0650-0900hrs) (W F2) (SH/SR)

Gannet - 3E, 69W
Shag - 12E
Brent Goose - 7W
Turnstone - 3ob
Sandwich Tern - 8os
Common Tern - 1os
auk sp. - 12E
Razorbill - 2E, 1W
House Martin - 136p
Sand Martin - 2E
Swallow - 863 drifting east
Meadow Pipit - 1N
Pied Wagtail - 1W

Dedication to the cause! SH at the Bill in the rain & Shags heading east (SR)



Medmerry: The Red-backed Shrike was still present this morning near Earnley car park. (AB et al) Later, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper was found at the Stilt Pools and was present up until 1330hrs when it flew into the reserve. It was well re-found at 1450hrs distantly on the far bank of the pool opposite the Stilt Pool.  (K.Harding/SaH/SH/AHe/AB/MB/DB/AT/IP/SR/CRJ/BI et al) 

Also present around the reserve today were two Egyptian Geese, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier and two Kestrels. Along the banks were 11 Stonechats, 6 Yellowhammers, two Corn Buntings, two Dartford Warblers, two Whitethroats and two Cetti's Warblers. "Viz-mig" included c.50 Meadow Pipits, three Pied Wagtails and a Pied Wagtail whilst a Merlin flew through and a flock of Linnets was at the rocks. In addition to the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, the Stilt Pools held a Ringed Plover and two KIngfishers. (SaH/SH/P.Evans at al)

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Medmerry (top MB, lower SH), Red-backed Shrike (CRJ)






Pagham Lagoon and Spit: There were three Tufted Ducks, 20 Little Grebes and a Great Crested Grebe on the Lagoon together with the usual Mallards, Swans and Coots. In the bushes by the boardwalk there were c100 House Sparrows, a Greenfinch, a Chiffchaff and a pair of Reed Buntings. A Wheatear was along the spit with two Stonechats, 70 Linnets and more House Sparrows and a Common Tern and two Sandwich Terns were fishing the new lagoon, with 20 Grey Plovers, 50 Dunlin and two Pied Wagtails on the shingle banks. In the harbour there were 100 Wigeon, 20 Pintail and 12 Teal with plenty of Oystercatchers and a few Redshank and overhead c100 House Martins and a few Swallows were heading out to sea and three Woodlarks went over. (LP/BI) 

Tufted Duck, above, Little Grebe & Stonechat at Pagham (LP)



Chichester Gravel Pits:
 There were a few Chiffchaffs along the paths and a mixed flock of Long-tailed Tits, Great Tits and Dunnocks around Ivy Lake but bar two Cetti's Warblers small birds were at premium. There was little of interest on the water either with just c.50 Greylag Geese on East Trout Lake of note; there were reasonable numbers of Coots, Moorhens and Mallards but oddly the only other duck sp. found were three Tufted Ducks on Copse Lake and a single Shoveler on New Lake. There is also, sadly, another outbreak of blue-green algae on many of the lakes. (BI)


Ferry Pool: After the deluge this morning there were 10 Shoveler, seven Shelduck, the Brent Goose, 17 Lapwings and a single Black-tailed Godwit; in the hedge were three Stonechats. (SR)


Saturday, 1st OctoberA warmer day than of late with a strong westerly wind gusting to F6-7...

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Selsey Bill(SH/IP/SR/P&LH/BI/RJS et al) (W F5-6) (0630-0900hrs)

Over 75 Brent Geese went through east, as did 29 Shags, but it was generally hard going this morning! Full log below:

Gannet - 14E, 55W
Shag - 29E, 2W
Brent Goose - 79W
Oystercatcher- 1W
Sparrowhawk - 1p
Mediterranean Gull - 5W
Sandwich Tern - 10os
Common Tern - 2W
auk sp. - 12E, 1W
Swallow - 6W
Meadow Pipit - 40NW
Grey Wagtail - 1W

(1540-1640) (W F4) (SH)

Gannet - 100os (distant)
Shag - 14W
Turnstone - 1ob
Mediterranean Gull - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 1W
Razorbill - 1W. - 



Brent Geese, above, Shags, Meadow Pipit and Mediterranean Gull at the Bill (BI/SR)



Ferry Pool: The Brent Goose was still on the pool this morning along with five Shelducks, two Shoveler and 10 Lapwings whilst eight Stock Doves and a Cetti's Warbler were in Ferry field. (SR)


Medmerry: The Red-backed Shrike was still showing nicely opposite the Earnley car-park at 0915. (AB/G.Simonds/LP et al)


   Red-backed Shrike at Earnley (SaH, above, LP below)


& more of the Red-backed Shrike, below (E.Parkes), lower two (A.Dennis)






Fishbourne Creek/Birdham Pool/Marina Pool: The highlight at Fishbourne Creek were ten Greenshanks together near the sluice but otherwise there was little of note. The Marina Pool was oddly barren bar a few Mallards, and Birdham Pool just held c.12 Little Grebes. (BI)


Church Norton: Behind the hide this morning there were four Spotted Flycatchers, two Chiffchaffs and two Swallows. In the Harbour there were barely double figures of Dunlin, a few Ringed Plover and five Grey Plover (two in partial summer plumage) plus the usual Oystercatchers, Curlews and Redshanks and also a Whimbrel flew into the Harbour. A Greenshank was seen from the benches along with two Turnstones and a Kingfisher. For the first time in a month there were about 20 Med Gulls in the Harbour. A Green Woodpecker was on the Spit, but then flew over the Harbour to Priory Wood. Two Common Buzzards were in the area, along with a male Kestrel hunting over the Severals and a distant Sparrowhawk was amongst the hirundines at Greenlease Farm. A minimum of 6 Stonechats were ranging from the horse field to the track between the Severals including a family of four and associating with these was a Dartford Warbler. A Guillemot was feeding close inshore opposite the Second Several, three Sandwich Terns went west here along with a flock of six Brent Geese and a Gannet, whilst a male Shoveler was on the Second Several. (P&LH/IP)

Spotted Flycatcher at Church Norton (LP)


North Wall: 
A Green Woodpecker and two Stonechats were in the paddock this morning and a few Long-tailed Tits and Chiffchaffs were down the lane. A Grey Wagtail and a Kingfisher were around the sluice and in Whites Creek there were four Curlew Sandpipers, a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, a few Grey Plovers and plenty of Redshank and Lapwings. Two Rock Pipits were along the wall but it was quiet at Halsey’s Farm with just a single Meadow Pipit on the fence, a few Rooks in the field and a handful of Swallows overhead. (LP, SP) 


Images from the North Wall, from top, Rock Pipit, Spotted Redshank, Curlew Sandpipers and Grey Wagtail (LP)





Medmerry, Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool: Two Marsh Harriers were around the marsh where a Sparrowhawk and six Kestrels were also noted. Along the banks were five Yellowhammers, eight Stonechats, four Cetti's Warblers & a Chiffchaff whilst overhead were three Pied Wagtails, c.50 Meadow Pipits and c.20 Swallows. Waders included a Ringed Plover and 23 Golden Plovers, a Kingfisher went through and four Brent Geese were also seen. On the Stilt Pool were seven Egyptian Geese whilst a Merlin was also noted in the area. Four Cattle Egrets and a good number of Greenshank were about later in the day.  (SaH/SH/A.Dennis/C.Barker)


Merlin at Medmerry (A.Dennis)






















Wednesday, 28 September 2022

28th - 30th September 2022

Friday, 30th SeptemberA still morning with the prospect of gale-force south-westerly winds arriving late in the afternoon...

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Selsey Bill(SR/IP) (NNW F1) (0645-0830hrs)

There was a gathering of hirundines this morning before they all moved off west but it was generally quiet...full log below:

Red-throated Diver - 1E
Gannet - 11W, 7os
Brent Goose - 34W
Shelduck - 4E
Wigeon - 4E, 7W
Grey Heron - 1W
Turnstone - 4E, 7ob
Common Sandpiper - 1W
Mediterranean Gull - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 1E, 1W 10os
House Martin - 225W
Sand Martin - 4W
Swallow - 205W
Meadow Pipit - 6W
Pied Wagtail - 12W
Yellow Wagtail - 3W
Chiffchaff -8p
dolphin sp. - 1 os

Two valiant seawatches in what were promising conditions later in the day were rather disappointing!

(1430-1530hrs) (SW F6-7) (BI):

Gannet - 15E, 9 os
Wigeon - 6W
Common Scoter - 1E

(1645-1745hrs) (SW F7) (SH):

Shag - 9W
Kittiwake - 2W




Hirundines, above, Brent Geese & Chiffchaffs at the Bill (BI)



Church Norton: The new boardwalk is now complete and runs from the end of the car-park path to the steps beyond the hide. At the Severals, there was no sign of the Wryneck but there were a few Chiffchaffs in the bushes, two Cetti's Warblers and a flock of Linnets. (/BIDB)

The new boardwalk at Church Norton (BI)

North Wall: Three Spotted Redshanks were in Whites Creek this morning with a Curlew Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 80 Redshank, 50 Lapwing, 20 Dunlin, 70 Wigeon and 20 Pintail. A Grey Wagtail, three Rock Pipits, and six Chiffchaffs were by the sluice with a Kingfisher, eight Meadow Pipits, two Cetti’s Warblers, two Jays, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Sparrowhawk along the wall. Another Kingfisher was at Halsey’s Farm along with a Jay and a few House Martins and Swallows. (LP/PC/CT)


From the North Wall this morning from top: Spotted Redshanks, Greenshank,Great Spotted Woodpecker, KIngfisher & Rock Pipit (LP)






Ferry Pool: The pool was dominated by a large mixed Gull flock of around 250, comprising of Black-headed, Mediterranean and Herring Gulls, the odd ones out being the Brent Goose and four Shelduck. A Buzzard was in the hedge and a Cetti's Warbler called but it was otherwise very quiet. (SR)


Medmerry: The Red-backed Shrike was still at Earnley this morning/afternoon. (N.Oliver)



 Thursday, 29th SeptemberA decidedly chilly start to the day with light north-north westerly winds remaining...

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Selsey Bill(SR/IP) (NNW F3) (0700-0900hrs)

The highlight this morning was a Snipe that flew in off the sea and over the observer's shoulder heading north-west, a scarce bird at the Bill.  Also notable was a flock of 17 Shags that went east... full log below:

Gannet - 19W
Shag - 21E (inc. a flock of 17)
Wigeon - 4W
Turnstone - 8W, 29 ob
Kestrel - 1p
Snipe - 1 NW
lark sp. - 1NW
Mediterranean Gull - 2e, 1W
Sandwich Tern - 1E. 3os
House Martin - 100p
Sand Martin - 1p
Swallow - 150p
auk sp. - 1W
Meadow Pipit - 27N
Pied Wagtail - 6E, 4W
Grey Wagtail - 1W
Chiffchaff -9p
Chaffinch - 3p

Kestrel, House Martin and Snipe at the Bill (SR)



Medmerry: The Red-backed Shrike was showing well this morning and into the afternoon, 300yds south of Earnley car park and a Spoonbill was on the Stilt Pools. (SM/RP/MT et al) Later in the day, the Spoonbill was joined by two Greenshank and six Cattle Egrets on the Stilt Pools with a Stonechat and a Dartford Warbler along the gorse nearby. Along the banks were five Yellowhammers, a Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff, a Cetti's Warbler and a Corn Bunting whilst c.150 Meadow Pipits, three House Martins, a Pied and a Grey Wagtail, and 23 Swallows went over. Also noted was a Common Sandpiper and two Egyptian Geese, and raptors included two Kestrels and a Barn Owl. (SaH/SH)

Red-backed Shrike at Medmerry (top, RP, lower & Spoonbill, MT)





Ferry Pool: There was little on the pool today just the regular Brent Goose, two Shelducks, 55 Lapwings whilst nearby were a Stonechat, a Chiffchaff and a Buzzard. The channel held a Spotted Redshank, eight Wigeon and 16 Teal. (SR)







Wednesday, 28th SeptemberA cool start to the day with light north-westerly winds...


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Selsey Bill(SR/IP/PD) (NNW F4) (0700-840hrs)

Two Woodlarks flew over heading north but it was generally quiet this morning  full log below:

Gannet - 2E, 11W
Shag - 8E, 2os
Common Scoter - 3E
Turnstone - 1E
Mediterranean Gull - 12e, 1os
Sandwich Tern - 16os
Swallow - 14e
Meadow Pipit - 91E
Pied Wagtail - 2E, 11W
Chiffchaff -1 
Linnet - 4W
Woodlark - 2N

Ferry Pool/Tramway: A Grey Wagtail and a Grey Heron were at the back of the pool which also held the Brent Goose, four Teal, two Shelduck, one Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Laowi8ng, two Mediterranean Gulls and c.100 Black-headed Gulls. In the surrounding fields were three Stonechats, a Common Buzzard, a Cetti's Warbler and also a feeding flock of c.150 House Martins. The Tramway was generally quiet bar five Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap and a few Meadow Pipits over the harbour whilst an elusive Water Rail was briefly in Red Barn Ditch. (SR)


Waders and Gulls at the Ferry, above, Chiffchaff and Water Rail at the Tramway (SR)


North Wall: Three Curlew Sandpipers were in Whites Creek this morning along with 20 Dunlin, 30 Redshank, 40 Lapwing, 8 Grey Plovers, two Curlews and 60 Wigeon, with a Kingfisher and two Grey Wagtails around the sluice.  Seven Black-tailed Godwits and 20 Teal were on the Breech Pool and a few House Martins and Swallows were overhead. At Halsey’s Farm, c100 Meadow Pipits were in the fields and a Lesser Whitethroat and a few Chiffchaffs and Reed Buntings were in the hedges with another Kingfisher along the Rife and two Buzzards and a Kestrel overhead. Five Grey Herons were also around the fields. (LP/CT/PC/GHi) This evening there were up to five Tawny Owls calling around Halsey's Farm and a Cetti's Warbler and five Chiffchaffs were in the vicinity. Also, 95 Little Egrets and 63 Cattle Egrets flew into roost at Owl Copse. (SaH/SH)




Curlew Sandpipers and Grey Wagtail, above, and KIngfisher at North Wall (LP/GHi)

Medmerry: The 1W Red-backed Shrike was still present and showing well south of Earnley car park this morning. There were slso 750 Mediterranean Gulls on the plough. (CRJ/AB/LGRE et al)


Red-backed Shrike at Earnley (top, CRJ, middle & lower SaH)




More of the Red-backed Shrike by A.Dennis below:




Church Norton: The Wryneck was still along the Severals this afternoon and two Dartford Warblers, six Stonechats and three Chiffchaffs were in the area. Early a Spotted Flycatcher was noted and a Tawny Owl was heard calling and at 1459 a migrant juvenile Goshawk flew out to sea. (LGRE/SaH)


Wryneck at Church Norton (SaH)