Tuesday, 13 November 2018

13th - 15th November 2018

Thursday, 15th November: A shift round to the south-east for the breeze brought a fairly murky and grey, if still mild, morning.....

Selsey Bill: At least 60 Brent Geese went west, but there wasn't much else on the move. Then at around 1000hrs some sea mist rolled in, reducing visibility......Full log below:  
0730-1000hrs: (OM/AH)
Diver sp - 1E
Gannet - 5W, 10os
Brent Goose - 64W
Common Scoter - 6W
Red-breasted Merganser - 1E, 1os
Shoveler - 2W
auk sp - 2E, 1W
Kestrel - 1 area/Oval field
Pied Wagtail - 2E
Goldfinch - 25p

'Sunbeams over the basket' - an early morning view from the Bill (OM)

Selsey East beach: There were just six Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff around the pond. (OM)

Selsey, Northcommon Farm: A single Fieldfare, c.20 Blackbirds, several Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff were in the hedgerows, and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers were in the tall trees. (OM)

Ferry Pool: The pool was full of ducks this morning - with four Gadwall, six Shelducks, c40 shoveler, c150 teal and c250 wigeon present, plus 60 or so Lapwings. (AH)

Lapwings (above) & Gadwall, Shovelers, Shelduck, Wigeon and Teal on the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: There wasn't too much to report, just a few Goldcrests and Long-tailed Tits still in the vicinity of the churchyard, a Bar-tailed Godwit, the Whimbrel, 20 Grey Plovers and 100+ Dunlin on the mud and a couple of groups of Brent Geese dropping into the harbour mouth area from the east. (AH/MJ)

Goldcrests (above), Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit & Grey Plover and Dunlin at Church Norton (AH)

Wednesday, 14th November: The spell of pleasant weather continues, with another mild and sunny morning, and a moderate south-westerly breeze.....

Ferry Pool: Once again a Green Sandpiper was on the pool, along with the familiar mix of c40 Shoveler, c100 Wigeon and Teal, c50 Lapwing and five Shelducks. (AH)

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

Church Norton: A Firecrest and two Chiffchaffs were at the bottom of the path to the harbour, whilst a big mixed flock, including 20 or so Goldcrests and Long-tailed Tits moved through.
Out in the harbour a Goosander (possibly a sub-adult male) was with three Red-breasted Mergansers, three Little Grebes and a Great Crested Grebe, all feeding in the last bit of water near Tern Island, whilst the Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit and about 20 Mediterranean Gulls were also about. (AH/AW)

Later on, there were at least two Firecrests around the path to the harbour. (HB)

Goosander and Red-breasted Merganser (above), Firecrest, Chiffchaff & Whimbrel at Church Norton (AH)

Sidlesham churchyard: A big flock of Goldcrests and Long-tailed Tits were in the churchyard, along with a pair of Mistle Thrushes, four Song Thrushes and a dozen Blackbirds. (AH)

Goldcrest (above), Long-tailed Tit & Mistle Thrush in Sidlesham churchyard (AH)

Marsh Farm, SidleshamTwo or three Yellowhammers, a couple of Stock Doves and Jays, plus a few over-flying Skylarks and a couple of Buzzards were along Church Farm Lane, whilst around the farm buildings there were a few Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails and Chaffinches. (AH)

Yellowhammer (above), Stock Dove, Meadow Pipit & Pied Wagtail around Marsh Farm, Sislesham (AH)

Medmerry: West side - There was nothing too rare along the west side, but there were 14 Corn Buntings, 6-700 Linnets, 100+ Golden Plovers, 500+ Lapwings, two Peregrines and a juvenile-type Marsh Harrier about the reserve. 
Also, of interest, Sunday's WeBS count produced 2136 Teal, a site record, with at least 1500 of them on the warer near the poplars on the high tide (HB)

North Wall: Nothing out of the ordinary to report this morning. A Spotted Redshank was busily feeding in White's Creek, amongst the usual wildfowl and Redshanks, whilst a Grey Wagtail went over. Along the Wall were 60 Black-tailed Godwits, about a dozen Goldcrests, a couple of Cetti's Warblers, three Yellowhammers and 10 Reed Buntings. The churchyard was virtually devoid of birdlife today. (OM)

Pagham Lagoon: The now-regular morning gathering of Canada Geese on the Lagoon totalled up to 100 birds, and there were also a couple of Mediterranean Gulls and a squealing Water Rail. The hedges and footpaths were much quieter today though, with a Cetti's Warbler, 10 Goldcrests and a few Long-tailed Tits the only birds of interest. (OM)

West Wittering: An escaped White-cheeked Pintail - a bird of Central and South America - was on a private pond in the village today. (GM)

White-cheeked Pintail at West Wittering (GM)

Fishbourne Creek: A Kingfisher was showing exceptionally well at the top end of the creek this afternoon, and there were also several Rock Pipits about and a flock of Long-tailed Tits in the churchyard. (AB)

Kingfisher (above), Rock Pipit & Long-tailed Tit at Fishbourne Creek (AB)

Tuesday, 13th November: Another very mild, bright and breezy morning, with the wind shifting more to the west.....

Ferry Pool: A Green Sandpiper was at the very back this morning, but otherwise it was the usual mix of species, including c40 Shoveler, c80 Wigeon, c50 Teal, five Shelducks, five Black-tailed Godwits and c150 Lapwing. (AH)

Shovelers (above) & Wigeon and Teal on the Ferry (AH)

Northcommon Farm: A Chiffchaff and a few Goldcrests were around the White Horse caravan site this morning. (SH)

Park Farm, Selsey: The Little Owl was around the buildings again this evening. (SH)

Church Norton: A Greenshank was in the harbour, along with plenty of Redshanks, c100 Brent Geese and about 20 Mediterranean Gulls. There were relatively few Goldcrests compared to recent days, but an increase to at least 100 Meadow Pipits on the spit, along with around 30 Skylarks, 50 Linnets and 40 Greenfinches. (AH)

Greenshank (above), Linnet, Meadow Pipit & Mediterranean Gull at Church Norton (AH)

Sunday, 11 November 2018

11th - 12th November 2018

Monday, 12th November: More of the same, with a brisk south-westerly blowing the odd heavy squall through, along with some sunshine and cloud, though remaining mild for the time of year...

Selsey Bill:.(0740-0920hrs) (BI)
Red-throated Diver - 3E
Great Crested Grebe - 3W
Gannet - 3E, 8W, 21os
Red-breasted Merganser - 4os
Peregrine - 1W (along the beach)
Oystercatcher - 3W
Dunlin - 50W (one flock)
Mediterranean Gull - 6E
Meadow Pipit - 1N 1W
Goldfinch - 25p
Linnet - 12N

Ferry Pool: A Green Sandpiper dropped into the concealed pool, and there were a dozen Black-tailed Godwits and c50 Lapwing on the main pool, along with six Shelducks, c40 Shovelers and 100+ Wigeon and Teal,whilst a Grey Wagtail went over.. (AH)

Shelduck and Shoveler (above) & Lapwings and Black-tailed Godwits on the Ferry (AH)

Marsh Farm, Sidlesham: There were seven Grey Partridges near the farm this afternoon. (TG-P)

North Wall: Fairly quiet on a walk from Halsey Farm this morning, with just a few Goldcrests in the hedges, c30 Wigeon on the fields and a Kingfisher briefly by the sluice at the western end of the wall. A dozen or so Reed Buntings were the only things noted along the wall itself, with the Breech Pool full of water and devoid of birds, save a few Mallard.
A Spotted Redshank was in White's Creek, along with c50 Black-tailed Godwits, 50 Redshank, 100+ Wigeon and a few Teal, with at least 500 Lapwing spread out from the creek into the harbour and including 30 or so Golden Plover among them.There wasn't too much else in the harbour beyond the regular waders and 200+ Brent Geese and Wigeon, whilst the hedges held just a few Goldcrests and Long-tailed Tits, plus 30 Linnets over. (AH)

Spotted Redshank (above), Golden Plovers, Golden Plovers and Lapwings, Reed Bunting, Wigeon, Brent Geese & rainbow over Halsey's Farm from the North Wall (AH)

Church NortonThis morning there were Goldcrests in the churchyard and a Greenshank in front of the hide, whilst a Goosander was out near Tern Island and around 30 Brent Geese were near the harbour entrance, including 3 juveniles. Also, a Short-eared Owl flew over the spit towards Pagham village, and along Rectory Lane there was a large flock of Linnets and oddly, two Swallows! (AW)

 Brent Goose (juvenile), Goosander, Swallows and Short-eared Owl, Church Norton. (AW)

Pagham Lagoon area: There were over 250 geese on the Lagoon this morning - consisting of 100+ Canadas, a single Greylag and 150+ Brent - but little else apart from two Great Crested and 10 Little Grebes plus a handful of Tufted Ducks.
Along the adjacent footpath and hedgerows there were three Chiffchaffs and a Firecrest, plus at least 10 Goldcrests and a small flock of Long-tailed Tits, whilst a Grey Wagtail also flew over. (OM)

Chi GPs - Drayton Pits: I completed my (delayed) WeBS count this morning, but there were few highlights between the two pits, the best being counts of over 100 each of Pochard and Tufted Duck and 17 Snipe. However, the hedgerows and vegetation also demanded close attention today, producing 12 Chiffchaffs, 30 Goldcrests, a couple of Cetti's Warblers and a pair of Bullfinches; alas, despite all the effort, nothing unusual could be found amongst them. (OM)

Sunday, 11th November: Another fairly mild, if blustery, morning with sunshine and white cloud and a brisk south-westerly breeze.... 

Selsey Bill: There wasn't too much going on this morning! Full log below. (SH/JA/PB/BI/IP/AH)
Great Crested Grebe - 7W
Gannet - 1E, 21W
Shag - 1os
Brent Goose - 1W
Red-breasted Merganser - 2W, 5os
Dunli - 3W
Mediterranean Gull - 5E
Kittiwake - 1E, 2W
auk sp - 1E
Linnet - 10N

Shag (above) & Great Crested Grebes at the Bill (AH)

Park Farm, Selsey: The Black Redstarts couldn't be found this morning, but there were two Green Sandpipers and a Grey Wagtail flying around, and 50+ Curlews and a few Linnets and Meadow Pipits were on the uncultivated field. (AH/IP)
Also, there were still 20+ Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff along Manor Lane footpath. (S&SaH)

Green Sandpiper over Park Farm, Selsey (AH)

Ferry Pool: Two Green Sandpipers were well tucked away on the concealed pool, whilst on the main pool there were c60 Black-tailed Godwits, c200 Lapwings, c40 Shoveler, c80 Teal and c150 Wigeon. (AH) Also, a Snipe was on the pool and a Grey Wagtail was in the Discovery Area again. (P&JW)

Black-tailed Godwits (above), Lapwings & Shovelers at the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: Two Geenshanks, two Bar-tailed Godwits, a Black-tailed Godwit and c20 Knot were among the many commoner waders were in the harbour and there were also a Red-breasted Merganser, at least ten Great Crested Grebes, three Little Grebes, c50 Wigeon and c200 Brent Geese about. 
There were also 40+ Mediterranean Gulls in the harbour, with a few more, plus a few Common Gulls offshore, but small birds were confined to a few Skylarks and Meadow Pipits on the spit, a Reed Bunting in the second Several and a Chiffchaff and a few Goldcrests by the carriage-hoes at the end of the reserve. (AH/IP)

Brent Geese (above), Skylark, Common Gull, Mediterranean Gulls & Chiffchaff at Church Norton (AH)

This afternoon there was a flock of Goldcrest in the churchyard, a Firecrest was seen with a few Long-tailed Tits along the path down from the car park, whilst a Little Grebe was in the harbour at high tide, along with the resident Whimbrel. Also, a  pair of Stonechats  were on the old horse field, along with six Meadow Pipits. (AW)
Later on, there were ten Red-breasted Mergansers together in the harbour. (AH)

Stonechat (above), Goldcrest, Meadow Pipit & Little Grebe at Church Norton (AH)