Sunday, 22 November 2020

22nd - 24th November 2020

Tuesday, 24th November: A cooler, slightly brighter morning, with a fresh southerly breeze....

Selsey Bill: A few Kittiwakes and Razorbills/auks were going west, though it was generally quiet. Full log below. (AH/MO-W/IP)
(0715-0900hrs) (SSW, F5)
Great Northern Diver - 1W, 2os
Red-throated Diver - 3E, 2W
Gannet - 12W
Brent Goose - 1E
Common Scoter - 5E
Red-breasted Merganser - 6E, 2W, 2os
Turnstone - 14W
Mediterranean Gull - 3W
Commo Gull - 2W
Kittiwake - 21W
Razorbill - 20W
auk sp - 25W
Pied Wagtail - 1W

Great Northern Diver (above), Gannet & Mediterranean Gull at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were four Avocets, four Snipe, eight Gadwall, c30 Teal and c80 Shovelers around the pool this morning, but only a couple of dozen Lapwings were present. (AH)

Gadwall, Shovelers and Teal on the Ferry (AH)

East Head: A Short-eared Owl was present this morning. (GM)

Park Farm, Selsey: Local residents reported a pair of Little Owls as present near the farm today, whilst a Grey Wagtail and two Pied Wagtails were on the fields. (IP)

Church Norton: It was quieter than of late this morning, though two Razorbills were offshore and.a Sandwich Tern was feeding inside the harbour, along with two Little Grebes, the usual mix of waders and lots of Brent Geese, whilst the pair of Stonechats were around the concrete blocks. (IP)

Marsh Farm to Bramber Farm: A Glossy Ibis was briefly in with the Cattle Egrets - exactly 50 - in the field next to Marsh Farm this morning, before it took flight as the post-van went by and flew off northwards.and was not refound.
Otherwise there were still at least 100 Fieldfares around the hedges and a few Linnets, Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails were in the fields. (AH)

Glossy Ibis with Cattle Egrets (above), Cattle Egrets & Fieldfares around Marsh Farm, Sidlesham (AH)

The Glossy Ibis was back again at lunchtime and there was also a Merlin about, (CRJ), with the ibis continuing to show off and on during the afternoon. (IP/BI et al)

Glossy Ibis (above) & Cattle Egrets at Marsh Farm, Sidlesham (CRJ)

Monday, 23rd November: Another grey and still morning, with just a very light north-westerly breeze....

Selsey Bill: A flock of 25 Common Scoters was sat offshore this morning, with a few other going both east and west, whilst there were seven Great Northern Divers present again. Full log below. (AH/IP/PJ)
(0715-0900hrs) (N, F2)
Great Northern Diver - 2E, 5os
Slavonian Grebe - 1E
Gannet - 2E, 1W
Little Egret - 1E
Brent Goose - 2W
Wigeon - 2E
Common Scoter - 6E, 7W, 25os
Red-breasted Merganser - 6E, 6W, 5os
Turnstone - 25
Mediterranean Gull - 2
Pied Wagtail - 3W, 1 present

Common Scoters (above) & Red-breasted Merganser at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were nine Snipe tucked into the roadside reeds this morning, whilst the pool held three Avocets, c50 Teal, c100 Shovelers and c100 Lapwings. (AH)
There were over also 40 Fieldfare and a Greater Spotted Woodpecker in the trees in the fields near the Sewage Works. (A&YF)

Snipe (above), Avocet and Teal & Shoveler at the Ferry (AH)

North Wall: A Merlin was close to Shipverling Barn this morning, and 12 Fieldfares were also in that locality, whilst a pair of Stonechats and a Green Woodpecker were in the horse field at Welbourne. 
On White's Creek there were 280 Wigeon and 12 Teal, whilst on the mud there were 120 Lapwing, 27 Black-tailed Godwits, 18 Redshank and 15 Golden Plover, but I could only see Mallard, Teal and a lone Tufted Duck on the Breech Pool, and it was very quiet along the wall, with just a Rock Pipit, a Reed Bunting and two Yellowhammers seen. Spring has come early to Welbourne, where a primrose was in flower. (JDW)

Primrose at the North Wall (JDW)

Church Norton: The Merlin was in the harbour again today, first on Tern Island, then on the Peregrines' island and seen from the west side, the Common Scoter was still on the main channel, two Little Grebes and a few Brent Geese were near the old harbour mouth and at least half a dozen Avocets were among the commoner waders. 
The west side also held a Dartford Warbler and two Chiffchaffs, with a Spotted Redshank off the end of the Long Pool and the Whimbrel at the Church Norton end. 
Offshore there were a Slavonian Grebe, a Great Northern Diver, an Eider, a Sandwich Tern and four Red-breasted Mergansers, though they were all distant, whilst two Stonechats and a few Meadow Pipits were at the start of the spit, though it was otherwise quiet for passerines. 
Also eight small race Canada Geese were in the harbour towards the North Wall before flying off inland. (AH/PJ/IH/BFF/DM et al)

Merlin (above), Slavonian Grebe (AW), Avocet, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit & Little Grebes (AH) at Church Norton

Medmerry: Easton Lane to Stilt pools - The walk down this morning produced 3 Dartford Warblers and nine Stonechats of note, whilst other species seen included a Kingfisher, Buzzard (3), Reed Bunting (3), Little Egret, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Teal, Mallard, Kestrel and Skylark. (PB/SaH et al)

Chi GPs - Drayton House pits: A fairly casual visit this morning found wildfowl numbers still well down on the norm, presumably due to the mild weather. The only exception was with Teal - where a total of 80 between both pits was well above average here - whilst no less than six different Water Rails were calling at various reedbed sites. 
Along the hedgerows and bushes there were three Chiffchaffs, eight Goldcrests and two flocks of a dozen Long-tailed Tits, with at least seven Cetti's Warblers making their presence felt and a Buzzard, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk being the best of the rest. (OM) 

Sunday, 22nd November: A fairly overcast and grey morning, though mild and with just a light westerly breeze....

Selsey Bill: Three Slavonian Grebes were offshore early this morning and a Velvet Scoter went east, whilst there were a few Kittiwakes about again, with five Great Northern Divers offshore. Full log below. (SH/BI/IP/AH/NM) 
(0715-0930hrs:) (W, F2) 
Red-throated Diver - 4E, 4W, 1os
Great Northern Diver - 5 os
Slavonian Grebe - 3 os
Great Crested Grebe - 1os
Gannet - 7E, 22W
Brent Goose - 50W
Shelduck - 2W
Common Scoter - 3E, 10W
Velvet Scoter - 1E
Red-breasted Merganser - 4E, 4W
Sparrowhawk - 1
Turnstone - 6
Mediterranean Gull - 3W
Kittiwake - 13E, 134W
Sandwich Tern - 1 os
Razorbill - 1E, 11W
Guillemot - 1 os
auk sp - 1E, 21W
Pied Wagtail - 7W
Rock Pipit - 1W
Chaffinch - 3W
Greenfinch - 1

Great Northern Diver (above), Kittiwake, Brent Geese & BI checking out the Turnstones at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were just three Avocets, c30 Teal, c80 Shovelers and c300 Lapwing on the pool this morning, with the Kingfisher briefly in the channel opposite. (AH)

Teal (above) & Avocet on the Ferry (AH)

Marsh Farm to Bramber Farm: There was only one Cattle Egret to be found this morning, though a Raven went over and there were still at least 100 Fieldfares along the hedges between the farms. (A&YF)

Park Farm, Selsey: This morning around the farm there were a pair of Green Woodpeckers, two Pied Wagtails, a Stock Dove and a Stonechat was on the reservoir fence. (IP)

Church Norton: The Merlin was again sat out on Tern Island this morning, whilst a Dartford Warbler was still at the start of the spit with three Stonechats, and a Firecrest was along the path between the Severals, whilst in the Severals area were a Water Rail, another Dartford Warbler and two Sparrowhawks.
Also, a Black-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver and a Slavonian Grebe were offshore, along with three Red-breasted Mergansers and the female Common Scoter was again in the harbour, along with three Avocets, (BI/NM/IP/S&SaH/AW)

Slavonian Grebe (above), Great Northern Diver & Red-breasted Merganser at Church Norton (AW)

A look along the west side this afternoon produced a Kingfisher, but nothing else of note. (S&SaH)

Kingfisher at Church Norton (SH)

Fishbourne Creek: There were six Spotted Redshanks and three Greenshanks present this morning, along with 17 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Rock Pipit and two Yellowhammers. (PJ/GaJ)

Medmerry: Windmill to the Breach - It was very quiet this morning, with a couple of pairs of Stonechats and 20+ Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails the only passerines noted, whilst offshore there were just a Sandwich Tern and a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers.
Two Greenshanks flew out and round from the tidal area, but a dozen Grey Plovers and three Ringed Plovers were the only other waders seen, whilst wildfowl included a dozen Brent Geese, 25 Shelducks and c50 Wigeon. (AH)

Greenshanks (above), Sandwich Tern, Stonechat & Meadow Pipit at Medmerry (AH)

Thursday, 19 November 2020

19th - 21st November 2020

Saturday, 21st November: Another morning like many of late, with a brisk south-westerly breeze and heavy cloud cover, though fairly mild.....

Selsey Bill: Two Velvet Scoters west and one east were the highlight this morning, whilst a Bonxie and a fulmar went west, along with 125 Kittiwakes, and seven Sandwich Terns were offshore. Full log later. (SH/PB/PM/IP/BI/AH/MO-W)
(0700-1000hrs) (SW, F5)
Great Northern Diver - 3os
Red-throated Diver - 7E, 1W, 1os
diver sp - 1E
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 7E, 4W, 20os
Brent Goose - 1W
Common Scoter - 11E, 14W
Velvet Scoter - 1E, 2W
Red-breasted Merganser - 11E, 7W
Dunlin - 5W
Bonxie - 1W
Mediterranean Gull - 20W, 2os
Common Gull - 4W
Kittiwake - 125W
Sandwich Tern - 7os
Razorbill - 6W
auk sp - 2E, 24W
Meadow Pipit - 2E

(1400-1500hrs) (SH)
Red-throated Diver - 1E, 2W
Gannet - 9E, 1W
Brent Goose - 3W
Common Scoter - 2W
Red-breasted Merganser - 1E, 6os
Sparrowhawk - 1
Turnstone - 10
Kittiwake - 4E, 1W

Ferry Pool: There were six Avocets on the pool this morning, along with c150 Lapwing, c40 Teal and c90 Shovelers, whilst at least 50 Wigeon and Teal were in the channel opposite. (AH)
Later, a Cattle Egret was on Ferry Field before flying off east and seven Egyptian Geese went over west. (RP)

Park Farm, Selsey: A Chiffchaff and ten Long-tailed Tits were along Manor Lane and a Sparrowhawk went over, whilst the farm just held two Pied Wagtails and a Kestrel. (S&SaH/IP/MO-W/MI)

Church Norton: A Red-necked Grebe was offshore this morning, along with a Sandwich Tern and a Red-breasted Merganser, whilst nine Common Scoters went west, with the female in the harbour again, along with a redhead Goosander. 
A Dartford Warbler was with two Stonechats near the concrete blocks at the start of the spit with two more of the former in the gorse opposite the Severals, with a female Blackcap and a Reed Bunting nearby, whilst a Firecrest was again in the orchard at Greenlease Farm, along with a Goldcrest.
Also, a Merlin was perched out on Tern Island, the Peregrines were on their island, 12 Avocets were in a channel and at least 750 Lapwing were at the other end of the harbour. (S&SaH/BI/IP/MO-W/MI et al)
Late this afternoon the Common Scoter was still in the harbour, along with three Red-breasted Mergansers, six Great Crested Grebes and four Little Grebes, with the Merlin still on Tern Island. 
Also, the aberrant white-headed Brent Goose was in the harbour again, before departing west with its flock. (DB/MB/AB/AH)

Common Scoter (above) (AH) & aberrant Brent Goose (AB) at Church Norton 

Marsh Farm to Bramber Farm: An impressive total of 56 Cattle Egrets were counted this morning - 39 at Marsh Farm and a further 17 at Bramber Farm (not including the one seen at the Ferry).
There was still one (and very probably two) Black Redstarts around the silage clamps at Marsh Farm, along with lots of Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails, whilst the hedgerows between the two farms held at least 120 Fieldfares, along with a Mistle Thrush, a few Long-tailed Tits, 50 Chaffinches and 500+ Starlings, with both a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel upsetting them all at different times. (AH)

Black Redstart (above), Fieldfares, Meadow Pipit, Cattle Egrets & Fox around Marsh and Bramber Farms (AH)

Friday, 20th November: The morning started crisp and still and clear after overnight frost, before the breeze picked up from the south bringing persistent heavy drizzle with it.....

Selsey Bill: A Red-necked Grebe was offshore, but frustratingly seemed to spend almost the entire time under water, whilst there were also six Great Northern and a dozen Red-throated Divers, 20 Common Scoters, an Eider and two Sandwich Terns about. Full log later. (SH/BI/IP/RP/AH)
(0700-0930hrs) (S, F1-2)
Great Northern Diver - 6os
Red-throated Diver - 1E, 10W, 2os
Great Crested Grebe - 1E
Red-necked Grebe - 1os
Gannet - 16W, 40os
Brent Goose - 9E, 16W
Shelduck - 4W
Eider - 1E
Common Scoter - 2E, 18W
Red-breasted Merganser - 7W, 3os
Turnstone - 75
Mediterranean Gull - 2E
Common Gull - 1W
Kittiwake - 6W
Sandwich Tern - 2os
Razorbill - 2W
auk sp - 17W
Meadow Pipit - 9W
Pied Wagtail - 3W

Red-throated Divers (above), Sandwich Tern, Meadow Pipit & Turnstones at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: Three Avocets and five Snipe were on the pool this morning, along with c40 Teal and c100 Shovelers, whilst at least 400 Lapwing were again spread between the pool and fields. (AH)

Avocet (above) & Snipe on the Ferry (AH)

Marsh Farm, Sidlesham: This morning there were 33 Cattle Egret in the field with the cows, whilst two Black Redstarts were on the concrete blocks by the farm and a Chiffchaff was in the hedgerow. (A&YF)

North Wall: Whites Creek was very busy this morning with about 1,000 Brent Geese (which briefly flew north in the direction of the mitigation fields and then returned), several hundred Wigeon, about 200 Black-tailed Godwits, some 300 Lapwing, 30 Canada Geese, 10 Dunlin, three Avocets, scattered Redshanks, about 12 Shelduck and two Pintails. 
A Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail were also present at the sluice gates while, in contrast, the rest of the Wall and the Breech Pool were quiet with only a few Reed Buntings, six Curlew and, unusually, a single Fieldfare of note. (IH)

Park Farm, Selsey: Six Pied Wagtails were on the fields and nine Brent Geese went over. (S&SH)

Church Norton: At least 500 Brent Geese were in the harbour, with several small groups going west offshore, and a Red-throated Diver also went west offshore.
Five Avocets were in the harbour, with a Peregrine on its island, whilst two Snipe, two Jays and a Stonechat were around the horse field, with another of the latter by the concrete blocks. (S&SaH) Along the Severals were at least two Dartford Warblers and 12 Pintail dropped into the harbour. (BI)

Medmerry: Porthole Farm to Ham Farm - There wasn't too much of note this morning, though a Dartford Warbler was in atypical habitat - bramble and hawthorn hedgerow on the Medmerry Trail, with 20+ Reed Buntings and 30+ Yellowhammers also frequenting this area.
The maize stubble fields at Porthole Farm held 100+ Pied Wagtails and Meadow Pipits, the cover crops at Ham held 40 Stock Doves and c100 Linnets, whilst a pair of Stonechats were on the banks there.
Several hundred Brent Geese appeared to drop in to feed and c100 Golden Plovers and c500 Lapwings came up off the reserve a couple of times, whilst the tidal areas held c30 Dunlin and Ringed Plovers and c50 Redshank. (AH)

Yellowhammers (above), Reed Bunting, Stonechat, Stock Dove & Pied Wagtails at Medmerry (AH)

Thursday, 19th November: After a murky start, a mostly cold and bright morning in a very blustery westerly breeze...

Selsey Bill: It was generally slow offshore, but four Sandwich Terns were feeding together, with another going west, whilst later on, both a Swallow and a House Martin were seen. Full log below. (SH/RP/AH/MO-W/OM/PC/C&ME/AW et al)
(0700-1200hrs) (W, veering NW, F6-7)
Great Northern Diver - 2E, 2os
Red-throated Diver - 1E
Gannet - 2E, 5W, 4os
Brent Goose - 3E, 26W
Common Scoter - 2E, 2W
Red-breasted Merganser - 2E, 3W, 4os
Turnstone - 4
Mediterranean Gull - 2E, 8W
Kittiwake - 3W
Sandwich Tern - 1W, 4os
auk sp - 3E
Meadow Pipit - 2W
Pied Wagtail - 3W
Swallow - 1W
House Martin - 1 (Broadreeds estate)

Brent Geese (above) (AH) & Swallow (AW) at the Bill

Ferry Pool: A female Brambling was under the feeders outside the Visitor Centre this morning, (IL) and was still present this afternoon (S&SaH).

Brambling at the Visitor Centre (above IL, below SH)

Later, the pool held three Avocets, c80 Shovelers, seven Shelducks and c40 Teal, whilst between the pool and the field there were at least 400 Lapwing. (AH)

Avocets, Shoveler and Teal (above) & Lapwings at the Ferry (AH)

North Wall: A Firecrest and at least two Goldcrests were in the hedgerows at the approach to North Wall early this morning and a Kingfisher flew past at the sluice gates where there was also a Spotted Redshank. 
A Marsh Harrier was flying north of the Breech Pool which held 50 Canada Geese but the fields were less flooded today and contained 12 Curlew but little else. Whites Creek held large numbers of Wigeon while successive small groups of Brent Geese flew north from the harbour and settled on or near the mitigation fields east of Honer Farm. (IH)

A ring-tailed Hen Harrier flew over the North wall into the harbour just after 11.00hrs this morning. (RK)

Additionally, a circular walk from the North Wall via Marsh Farm produced a dozen Redshanks and a Rock Pipit, plus 20 Cattle Egrets in the same field as c.70 Starlings, whilst in the nearby trees and field edges were 30 Fieldfares and two Stonechats. (GHi)
Rock Pipit, Fieldfare and Stonechat around the North Wall & Marsh Farm (GHi)

Park Farm, Selsey: A Stonechat was in the fields this morning, along with a single Brent Goose, whilst two Buzzards went over. (S&SaH)

Church Norton: The Black Redstart was again on the concrete spit, along with a pair of Stonechats and a few Linnets, whilst a Snipe was flushed off the shingle nearby and a Marsh Harrier was hunting over the western end of the harbour.
A Bar-tailed Godwit and an Avocet were among the many waders present, which also included at least 50 Grey Plovers and 500+ Dunlin, and there were also 50+ Brent Geese and Wigeon about, with 40 Teal in the creek by the horse field. (AH/S&SaH et al)

Marsh Harrier (above), Bar-tailed Godwit and Wigeon, Avocet, Grey Plover, Dunlin & Teal at Church Norton (AH)

Chichester Marina: A Marsh Harrier was over the reed-beds this morning, with 40 Fieldfare also about. (BFF/DM)

Fishbourne Creek: The first two Goldeneye of the autumn were back this morning, along with five Red-breasted Mergansers and a Kingfisher, whilst there were also a Sandwich Tern, six Spotted Redshanks, a Greenshank and a Rock Pipit about. (BFF/DM)

Itchenor to East Head: A long walk from Itchenor to the far end of East Head and back was fairly quiet in the blustery conditions. Of note were three Sandwich Terns, a Kingfisher, two Kestrels, seven Skylarks, three Goldcrests, 35 Fieldfares, a Stonechat and four Rock Pipits.
A possible Dark-bellied Brent x Black Brant hybrid on the greensward next to the East Head car park this morning stood out from the throng by virtue of its more pronounced white neck collar. 
Not too much else was at East Head bar an army of dog walkers, two Greenshank, and the usual adult Mediterranean Gull in the car park. (PJ/GAJ per SOS)