Thursday, 14 March 2013

13th - 14th MARCH

Thurs 14th MARCH: Selsey Bill (0800-0930 & 1200-1400hrs) Dry, sunny, some cloud, wind light NW 1-2, backing SW 2-3. Watched for over three hours (two sessions), but it was predictably slow in the light northerly. In between watches I visited the Selsey West beach area looking for migrants but it was dead and not a Wheatear could I find; all the more frustrating as they've started regularly turning up at Portland and elsewhere now. Still, it won't be too long I guess!
Sea-watching totals :- Curlew - 1W, Med Gull - 3E & 2 on beach, Slavonian Grebe - 2 o/s (traces of s/plum), Gt Crested Grebe - 1 o/s, Common Scoter - 8E, 5W & 20 o/s, R/b Merganser - 10E, 5W & 12 o/s, Great Northern Diver - 2 o/s, Red-throated Diver - 3E, Diver Sp - 3E & 2W, Sandwich Tern - 1E and 2 lingering o/s (back and forth), and Shoveler - 15W. The single Stonechat was still around Bill House garden.

Just before I packed up, Sarah Russell joined me on the wall and took over the log; she tells me the wintering Water Rail (since at least 21/1/13) was still on Selsey East beach pool on 12/3 when it showed well. (photo: Sarah Russell).

Weds, 13th MARCH: No reports received today from Selsey or the area.

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