Friday, 22 September 2023

22nd September 2023

Friday, 22nd September: A cool, but mostly bright morning in a light to moderate north-westerly breeze, warming as the day progressed with sunshine and scattered cloud.

Selsey Bill: A couple of Arctic Skuas were again offshore, whilst three Wheatears were along the beach and overhead some vis.mig was noted, the majority being Meadow Pipits, but it was otherwise routine fare. Full log below... (IP/P&LH) 
(0700-0905 hrs)  (Wind NW, F3)
Gannet - 6E
Shag - 3E
Oystercatcher - 2
Turnstone - 4E
Arctic Skua - 2os
Sandwich Tern - 10os
Wheatear - 3
Meadow Pipit - 171W
Yellow Wagtail - 1W
Pied Wagtail - 2W
Grey Wagtail - 3W
House Martin - 2
Chiffchaff - 4
Linnet - 13E

The first Yellow-Browed Warbler of the autumn, the earliest record this century by nine days,  was in a Selsey garden today along with at least 20 Chiffchaffs. (AW)

Yellow-Browed Warbler in Selsey. (AW)

Ferry Pool: Two Greenshanks were on the concealed pool this morning, but the main pool just held 23 Black-tailed Godwits, four Lapwings, four Shelducks and c30 Teal, whilst a Kingfisher, two Spotted Redshanks and c50 Teal were in the channel opposite and a Marsh Harrier went over.

The Tramway circuit was quite busy, with at least two Whitethroats, c12 Blackcaps and c20 Chiffchaffs, plus innumerable Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits. (AH)

Greenshanks (above), Spotted Redshanks and Teal, Marsh Harrier & Chiffchaff around the Ferry (AH)

North WallThere were still at least ten Curlew Sandpipers along White’s Creek this morning along with a Spotted Redshank, six Dunlin, 34 Black-tailed Godwits, a Grey Plover and lots of Redshank and Lapwings, with a few Teal and Wigeon on the water. Three Wheatears were along the wall, a Kingfisher flew through, and a Water Rail was on the Breech Pool. A roving flock of Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long-tailed Tits, and Chiffchaffs were moving along the hedgerows, together with four Lesser Whitethroats, five Blackcaps, two Sedge Warblers, six Reed Buntings and two Reed Warblers. A Red Kite was over Owl Copse and c150 Rooks were in the fields at Halsey’s Farm, with three more Wheatears on the fence. Overhead throughout the morning, there was a steady stream of birds including 100 Swallows, 10 House Martins, 50 Meadow Pipits and eight Siskins.   (LP,GaJ,CT,IH,NR)


Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and Red Kite at the North Wall (LP)

Pagham SpitThe Dartford Warbler was still present this morning and there were three Wheatears along the spit, whilst three adult Mediterranean Gulls went north over the harbour and 140 Swallows flew south out to sea. (GaJ)

Church Norton: In an around the churchyard were a Mistle Thrush, two Spotted Flycatchers, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Blackcaps, eight Chiffchaffs and a couple of Green Woodpeckers. A few Swallows and House Martins were overhead whilst 32 Red-legged Partridges were in the adjacent field. Behind the hide, two Spotted Flycatchers, eight Blackcaps, two Whitethroats and four Chiffchaffs were also logged.
A Marsh Harrier appeared over the harbour, disturbing a single Sandwich Tern, and waders which included four bar-tailed Godwits, 25 ringed Plovers, six Grey Plovers and 50 Curlew. Along the harbour edge another Spotted Flycatcher was seen, plus five Stonechats, five Wheatears, up to ten Chiffchaffs and three Cetti's Warblers, whilst 200 Swallows and 15 House Martins were feeding above. (P&LH) 

Tuesday, 19 September 2023

19th - 21st September 2023

Thursday, 21st September: A complete change in the weather overnight left a fairly bright and distinctly cooler morning in just a light easterly breeze.... .......

Selsey Bill: It was predictably quiet offshore, though an Arctic Skua was harassing the Sandwich Terns by the Mile Basket, whilst a few Meadow Pipits and Swallows were moving overhead and a Willow Warbler, three Chiffchaffs and two Wheatears were along the front. Full log below (OM/AH/IP)
(0700-1100hrs):  (NE, F2)
Gannet - 9E, 2W
Shag - 12E
Turnstone - 20
Arctic Skua - 1E
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1os
Mediterranean Gull - 4E
Sandwich Tern - 16E
Swallow - 38E
House Martin - 2E
Meadow Pipit - 65E
Wheatear - 2
Willow Warbler - 1 
Chiffchaff - 3
Linnet - 4

Willow Warbler (above), Wheatear, Meadow Pipit & Mediterranean Gull at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There was a bit of a selection early on this morning, including a Common Sandpiper, three Spotted Redshanks, two Snipe, four Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, 22 Black-tailed Godwits and c30 Teal, whilst another Spotted Redshank and a Grey Plover were in the channel opposite and a few Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs were in the Discovery Area. (AH)

Spotted Redshanks (above), Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Ringed Plover & Blackcap at the Ferry (AH)

North Wall: There were still 12 Curlew Sandpipers along White’s Creek this morning, along with a Spotted Redshank, a Snipe, eight Dunlin, 40 Black-tailed Godwits and lots of Redshank and Lapwings with a few Teal and Wigeon on the water and a Lesser Black-backed Gull out on the mud.
A Kingfisher was by the sluice and two Reed Buntings, two Whitethroats and a Cetti’s Warbler were in the bushes, five Wheatears were along the wall, two Jays and eight Swallows flew through, and a Marsh Harrier was up over the reeds.
It was quiet at Owl Copse, with just a single juvenile Cattle Egret visible in the trees and a Blackcap, a Reed Warbler and a Whitethroat in the hedgerow. (LP/GaJ/SP/TRH)

Curlew Sandpipers (above), Wheatear & Reed Bunting at the North Wall (LP)

Pagham Spit and Lagoon: A Dartford Warbler was along the spit this morning, and there were three Mediterranean Gulls and five Sandwich Terns around the harbour mouth.
There were a few birds moving overhead, with 450 Meadow Pipits, 90 Linnets and two Siskins going east and five Yellow Wagtails south by midday.
Also, a Common Sandpiper was feeding along the eastern edge of the lagoon this morning. (GJa)

Church Norton: There wasn't much to report this morning, with around half a dozen Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs in the hedges and  ten Swallows over being the only migrants, whilst a Whimbrel, a couple of Bar-tailed Godwits and a few Grey Plovers were the only things of note in the harbour. (AH)

Whitethroat (above), Chiffchaff & Blackcap at Church Norton (AH)

This evening there were two Spotted Flycatchers and half a dozen Chiffchaffs behind the hide, whilst three Whimbrels were in the harbour, and six Sandwich Terns were roosting among a few Black-headed Gulls. (AH)

Spotted Flycatcher (above), Chiffchaff, Sandwich Terns & Whimbrel at Church Norton (AH)

East Head: A Ruff and two Greenshanks were in Snowhill Creek this morning, among c40 Redshanks and c120 Black-tailed Godwits. (PH)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pools - A Dartford Warbler, three Willow/Chiffs and a Yellowhammer were along the banks this evening, with nine Meadow Pipits, two Kingfishers, three Greenshanks and four Cattle Egrets seen on the reserve. (S&SaH)

Wednesday, 20th September: A very windy morning, with a gale-force south-westerly, though quite mild in the brief sunny intervals, albeit with the threat of heavy rain later.......

Selsey Bill: Five Manx Shearwaters - a surprisingly rare bird here at this time of year - went west this morning, with another five distant shearwater sp, three of which were possibly Balearic Shearwaters, also seen heading west, along with a dark-phase Arctic Skua, a  Razorbill and a few Gannets and Sandwich Terns. Full log later. (PB/PM/AH/IP/P&LH)
(0630-1030hrs) (SW, F7-8)
Great Crested Grebe - 2W
Manx shearwater - 5W
shearwater sp - 5W
Gannet - 69W, 7E, 30os
Shag - 9E
Common Scoter - 7W
Oystercatcher - 2
Turnstone - 50
Arctic Skua - 1W
Mediterranean Gull - 12W
Kittiwake - 4W
Sandwich Tern - 20W
Razorbill - 1W
Swallow - 5E

There were a further three Manx Shearwaters and two Arctic Skuas this afternoon, too. Full log below. (P&LH)
Manx Shearwater - 3W
Gannet - 38W
Shag - 3W
Common Scoter - 1E
Turnstone - 39
Arctic Skua - 2W
Kittiwake - 3W
Sandwich Tern - 17W
Wheatear - 1

Not much was happening later on, though one more Manx shearwater went west. (BI/GaJ/SH et al)
Manx Shearwater - 1W
Gannet - 8W
Shag - 6W
Oystercatcher - 1E
Turnstone - 61
Kittiwake - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 10W

Sandwich Tern (above) & Shags at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were four Spotted Redshanks on the pool this morning, but otherwise there were just six Lapwings, 22 Black-tailed Godwits and 16 Teal present. (AH)

Spotted Redshanks at the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: Two Spotted Flycatchers along the path to the beach, a handful of Chiffchaffs among a roaming tit flock and two House Martins over were about it for migrants this morning.
There was a bit more activity in the harbour, including a Greenshank, a Whimbrel, seven Black-tailed Godwits, 35 Grey Plovers, 15 Ringed Plovers, c50 Dunlin, c40 Teal, c20 Pintail and c50 Wigeon. (AH/P&LH)

Greenshank (above), Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Mediterranean Gull & Pintail and Wigeon at Church Norton (AH)

North Wall: A Green Woodpecker was in the garden of Little Welbourne and a Jay was in the paddock, a Spotted Redshank was in White's Creek, along with a few Redshanks and Lapwings, but there was little else about in the extremely windy conditions. (LP)

Jay (above) & Green Woodpecker at the North Wall (LP)

Chichester GPs: A late morning walk around the pits produced a Black Swan on Copse Lake with two Mute Swans, whilst on New Lake there were 60 Shovelers, a Little Egret, seven Little Grebes and 51 Cormorants and Runcton Lake held four Pochard.
Also noted was an adult Common Gull on Ivy Lake plus two singing male Cetti’s Warblers along the path. (GaJ)

Tuesday, 19th September: A pretty dismal morning, with a gale-force westerly blowing through successive squally showers, though it remains mild.....

Selsey Bill: A Merlin shot through eastwards and a Wheatear flew up the beach, but otherwise it was completely dead this morning. Full log below. (AH)
(0715-0815hrs) (WSW, F7-8)
Gannet - 8W
Merlin - 1E
Turnstone - 4
Sandwich Tern - 6os
Wheatear - 1

(1700-1800hrs) (SH)
Gannet - 1W
Turnstone - 6
Kittiwake - 1
Sandwich Tern - 1W

Ferry Pool: Two Merlins were tussling up high over Ferry Channel this morning, before going off west, but there was very little on the pool - just 16 Black-tailed Godwits, six Lapwings and 22 Teal. (AH)

Merlins (above), Lapwing & Black-tailed Godwits at the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: A Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, two Chiffchaffs and a roaming flock of Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits were all that could be found in the sheltered hedges this morning, whilst a dozen Swallows went over.
A Greenshank flew up the harbour, whilst out on the mud there were two Whimbrels, two Bar-tailed Godwits, a Black-tailed Godwit, a dozen Grey Plovers and c50 Dunlin, plus at least 80 Redshanks, two Shelducks and a few Teal and Wigeon. (AH)

Whitethroat (above), Greenshank, Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit & Mediterranean and Black-headed Gulls at Church Norton (AH)

North Wall: There were still at least four Curlew Sandpipers in White’s Creek this morning, along with a Spotted Redshank, six Dunlin, 80 Redshank, 40 Lapwing, a Ringed Plover, two Turnstones, 80 Wigeon and five Pintail, but it was predictably quiet along the wall in the very windy conditions, with just a Kingfisher flying through and four Little Grebes on Owl Water. 
The Breech Pool is now full of water and held just a handful of Mallards, and two Grey Herons were with two Little Egrets out on their island. (LP/CT)

Curlew Sandpiper (above), Ringed Plover, Turnstone & Pintails at the North Wall (LP)