Further report late afternoon from Church Norton churchyard of at least one Pied Flycatcher, in the SW corner, best viewed from Hide. Also 3 Peregrines in the Harbour. (P.James/SOS)
Wheatear 1, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Whitethroat 2, Willow Warbler 10+, Blackcap 2, Garden Warbler 1 and Spotted Flycatcher 3 (SH).
Medmerry: I made a visit around midday, although it was very busy with heavy trucks back and forth throughout. Even so, I managed to view one of the large pools and also the creek (from the beach). Numbers had fallen at the latter and the totals were: 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 15 Med Gulls, 1 Sandwich Tern, 25 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Sands and 1 Greenshank, plus 3 Wheatears and a fem Kestrel (OM).
For anyone that hasn't been to the site or visited Medmerry recently, these two views give some idea of the scale of the changes. Above is the creek as viewed from the beach, whilst below the channel near the old concrete blockhouse, where the breach will occur.
Tuesday, 20th August: Fine, sunny and dry with a calm sea. At last some migrants on the move... with Pagham Harbour receiving virtually all of the attention today. Thanks to all contributors.
Behind the hide at Church Norton were 3 Spot Flys, male & female Redstart, c4 Garden Warblers, c6 Whitethroats, c3 Lesser Whites, c6 Blackcaps, 3 Willows and a Chiff. Also a Clouded Yellow flew through. Out in the harbour a Spotshank was calling and several Whimbrel and more Grey Plover noted. Other interesting butterflies around included Small Copper & Brown Argus in the churchyard with Large Whites, a Wall, Peacock, Red Admiral, Comma, Common Blue, Meadow Brown and a fly-by fritillary sp. The Ferry pool held 3 Common Sandpipers and a single Green with a nice showy Little Egret in the channel (AB).