Wednesday, 19 June 2013

19th -21st June 2013

21st June


Ferry: New today were a Greenshank and a Little Ringed Plover. Also the 2 Green Sandpipers, 22 Avocets, 25 Black-Tailed Godwits and 35 Lapwing.

Pagham Spit: Up to 8 Little Terns feeding in the harbour mouth, 2 Skylarks and 2 Ringed Plovers on the shingle, and still plenty of Sandwich Terns and Mediterranean Gulls around Tern Island. On the Lagoon, 24 Tufted Ducks and 4 Great Crested Grebes, and about 20 Swifts feeding overhead.
Little Tern feeding in the harbour mouth 21/6/13 (AH)

Ringed Plover, Pagham Spit 21/6/13 (AH)

Skylark, Pagham Spit 21/6/13 (AH)


20th June

Selsey Bill: Covered between 0740 and 0940, in an inreasingly foggy light south-easterly by AH, CJ & SR, amalgamated totals as follows - 1 dark-phase Arctic Skua, a flock of 5 Avocet and 75 Sandwich Tern E, 13W, 6 Common Tern E, 1W and 32 Gannet E & 27W , with 8 Swift moving east overhead.


Ferry: Still 2 Green Sandpipers, along with 20 Avocets, 25 Black-Tailed Godwits and 24 Lapwing.
CJ later reported a rise to 25 Avocets - a fact probably not unrelated to the 5 east past the Bill!

7 of the 25 Avocets on the Ferry 20/6/13 (AH)

Church Norton: SR reported the following  - A brief visit to Church Norton this afternoon once the mist cleared produced 3 blackcaps, 2 whitethroats and a kestrel. In the harbour amongst the sandwich and common terns was 1 little tern and 6 handsome med. gulls, one sporting a green ring on its left leg. There was also 1 single grey plover, 4 ringed plovers, 4 little egrets, a young grey heron, 6 shelducks, 2 dunlin, 4 curlew and 2 swallows.
Later on there were at least a dozen Mediterranean Gulls and at least 50 Sandwich Terns in the harbour and a couple of Chiffchaffs around the mound area.
SHx2 had 4 Little Terns offshore, a Peregrine over and several Sandwich Terns seen carrying food into the harbour.

Sandwich Terns feeding on the rising tide at Church Norton 20/6/13 (AH)

Mediterranean Gulls, Sandwich Terns, Herring Gulls and Grey Heron at Church Norton 20/6/13 (AH)

A baby Blue Tit getting ready to face the world in Park Lane (pic Sandra Hill)

19th June

A quiet day on the peninsula, with dark grey cloud taking hold as they day developed


Ferry: 2 Green Sandpipers, a mere 11 Avocets after yesterday's bonanza & 16 Black-Tailed Godwits.

Church Norton: a Cuckoo this afternoon (SR), and still plenty of activity around Tern Island, particularly from the Sandwich Terns.

Chichester GPs: GH reported 2 Hobbies over Ivy Lake yesterday.

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