Phil Hammond, New Zealand and Selsey birder.
Gannet - 60E, 35W
Common Scoter - 25E
Sanderling - 8W
Grey Plover - 1W
Turnstone - 15W
Arctic Skua - 2 os (l/p & d/p) drifted off E
Kittiwake - 2W
Common Tern - c. 30 os
Sandwich Tern - c.50 os
Evening watch: (1715-1830hrs): Rain, wind S/SW4 (Obs: SH)
Manx Shearwater - 5W
Gannet - 2E, 5W
Common Tern - 6 os
Sandwich Tern - 15 os
Pagham Hbr: Ten Avocets and 10 Black-tailed Godwits on Sidlesham Ferry Pool, whilst at Church Norton there were 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 5 Sanderling, a Dunlin, several Ringed Plovers, 12 Turnstone, a single Brent Goose, a Cetti's Warbler and a couple of Chiffchaffs.
Chi GPs: Ivy - West lakes: Two Common Terns, at least 200 Swifts and c.25 House Martins, but no sign of the Little Gull(s), in difficult windy conditions with driving rain constantly soaking our optics (OM/PH).
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Tuesday, 11th June: Cloud and rain this morning and into the afternoon, the first for a little while. It seems there wasn't a great deal of birding activity today, which isn't altogether surprising as we approach the mid-June period. SR reported "Had planned to visit the Bill this morning but rain put me off; once it stopped a little I ventured down there but found a heavy mist and the rain started again so gave up. Visited Ferry Pool this afternoon." GH then visited the Bill this evening from about 1825hrs once the weather had cleared and the wind was light southerly... he phoned to report that he was rewarded with 3 Arctic Skuas (of which 2 W) and a Manx Shearwater, plus some Gannets and c. 20 Sandwich Terns offshore.
Selsey Bill. 2000-2030hrs (SH) - a d/p Arctic Skua lingering. (see also above)
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Monday, 10th June: I start with news on the ringed Great Black-backed Gull seen at the Bill two days ago (see previous blog and pic's)......... following a very efficient and prompt response from the Euring/BTO scheme we now know the bird is a 5-year old female, ringed as a chick in France and subsequently sighted three times in the Calvados/Finistere region of that country before appearing at Selsey. Details are as follows:
Evening walk - Mill Lane to Marsh Farm, Sidlesham: Cuckoos - 2, Reed Warbler - 4, Cetti's Warbler - 1, Whitethroat - 12+, Blackcap - 2, Garden Warbler - 1, Chiffchaff - 2, Sedge Warbler - 1, Buzzard - 2 (SH).