(0730-0900hrs) (SSE, F3)
Black-throated Diver - 1W
Red-throated Diver - 1E, 1W
Great Crested Grebe - 2E, 2W, 1os
Shag - 2E
Red-breasted Merganser - 4W
Common Gull - 1E, 1W
Mediterranean Gull - 1os
Sandwich Tern - 2E
(1405-1435hrs): (CBC/MaC) Very quiet, the only birds of note were Mediterranean Gulls 10E and Sandwich Tern 1W.
Ferry Pool: There were five Snipe tucked in by the road again this morning, but the pool only held eight Shelduck and 20 Teal, with two Gadwall flying over into the harbour.
Most of the wildfowl, including a handful of Shoveler and Mallard, c50 Teal and c150 Wigeon were on the flood opposite the Visitor centre. (AH)
Drayton House Pit: A Marsh Harrier appeared briefly, but otherwise it was quiet beyond c50 Shoveler and c100 Pochard on the water. (AH)
Church Norton: A single Slavonian Grebe was close offshore, but the harbour was fairly quiet, though the Peregrine on its island, and three Bar-tailed Godwits and c100 Knot were among the commoner waders. (IP/RM)
Later there were two Goldeneye in the harbour and plenty of waders, with the Peregrine still present. (SH)
North Wall: This morning the horse paddocks contained the same assortment as yesterday: Kestrel, Grey Wagtail, Redwings, Song Thrush and several Blackbirds. Long-tailed Tits were present at the sluice gates but the Wall was quiet apart from a calling Cetti's Warbler, while the main body of Brent Geese were out in the harbour.
Later, both a Barn Owl and a Marsh Harrier again appeared mid afternoon. (IH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - A very quiet walk along the banks produced just a pair of Stonechats and a few Meadow Pipits and Skylarks this morning, plus a flock of c.50 Linnets on the back fields, whilst the Stilt Pool held six Gadwall, four Ringed Plovers and four Dunlin. (OM)
Chainbridge to Ham viewpoint: Raptors consisted of a Buzzard, 3 Kestrels and a Peregrine, whilst there were just 8 Brent Geese, 160+ Lapwings and a Stonechat. (S&SaH)
Chichester Canal: A look along the canal west of Donnington produced six Yellowhammers, a Reed Bunting, a Fieldfare, c20 Redwings, four Greenfinches and plenty of Goldfinches, plus several calling Little Grebes.
Also, on the adjacent ploughed field there were a pair of Mistle Thrushes and c85 Golden Plovers. (AH)
Itchenor Village Pond: There wasn't much of note here, though a handful of Stock Doves were on the nearby fields and a Green Woodpecker, a couple of Goldcrests and c20 Long-tailed Tits were in the trees. (AH)
Fishbourne creek: We spent a couple of hours here from 1130-1330 and species of note were a female Long-tailed Duck showing well in the Lavant outfall channel and 10 Goldeneye including 3 adult males. (CBC/MaC)
(0745-0900hrs) (wind NNE F1) (BI/SR/AH/IP)
Red-throated Diver - 1E, 7W
Great Northern Diver - 2os
Fulmar - 2W
Shag - 2E
Brent Goose -3W
Red-breasted Merganser - 5E, 1W, 2os
Turnstone - 5E
Sandwich Tern 1W
auk sp. - 3E
Ferry Pool: There were at least six Snipe tucked away by the road-side reeds, whilst at least 40 Shoveler and 75 Teal, plus half a dozen Shelducks were on the pool.
Also, at least 25 Avocets and 100+ Black-tailed Godwits were roosting at the far end of Ferry Channel, viewed from the Tramway. (AH)
East Head: Just nine Eider were off the harbour mouth, seen from the boat this morning, after eight on Tuesday and five on Wednesday. (CW)
Fishbourne Creek: The Long-tailed Duck was present again this morning, towards the Lavant outfall with five Goldeneyes. (SR)
West Wittering: Four Egyptian Geese were in road-side fields at Cakeham this morning, before flying off east. (MR)
North Wall: The Kestrel, three Song Thrushes, the Grey Wagtail and a number of Blackbirds were all present in the horse paddocks again this morning. Little stirred along the Wall however, but there was more life between Marsh and Honer Farms where some 2,000 Brent Geese together with a few Curlew and a small flock of Starlings inhabited the usual field. (IH)
Two Marsh Harriers and a Barn Owl were hunting over the reed beds mid afternoon, a Bar-tailed Godwit was visible distantly in the harbour, the Brent Geese were still in the Marsh/Honer Farms area and apparently six Song Thrushes could be found with the Grey Wagtail in the horse paddocks. (IH/SP)
Marsh Farm, Sidlesham: Four Egyptian Geese were here, too, late this morning, near the farm buildings, whilst at least 20 Cattle Egrets were in the fields towards Bramber among a large flock of Black-headed Gulls.and a Raven went over east.
The hedges and fields were quiet, though, with just a few Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails, plus half a dozen Stock Doves and a couple of Goldcrests noted. (AH)
Church Norton: A quick look this morning produced two female Goldeneyes in the harbour, along with plenty of Dunlin and Grey Plovers and a few Teal and Wigeon, whilst at least a dozen Snipe were in the creek by the horse field, the two Peregrines were on their island and a Sparrowhawk went over. (AH/IP)
Runcton Lake held a few Pochard and Tufted, plus a Cetti's Warbler and 12 Long-tailed Tits, whilst Vinnetrow Lake held 33 Pochard, 45 Tufted Ducks and another Great Spotted Woodpecker and Peckham Lake held just a few more Pochard and Tufted. (OM)