North Wall area: The rising tide in White's Creek revealed a total of 10 (one adult) Curlew Sandpipers. In the harbour there were 300+ Dunlin and 100+ Ringed Plovers, but few other smaller waders. Along the Breech Pool, too, higher numbers, but much the same species-wise - 2 Spotted Redshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, 6 Snipe and 50 Black-tailed Godwits, with a few Sedge & Reed Warblers about, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 50+ Swallows and 20 Sand Martins over (AH).
Med Gulls. 200-300
Sand Martins 50
Sandwich Tern 1
(All hawking flying ants over beach)
Willow Warbler 1
"A bit of context from some research in the SOS reports....To give you an idea, in 2001 there were about half a dozen 'double figure days' of which the 17 at the Bill was the biggest, surpassed by the 19 in 2008, so if nothing else it's the biggest day in the county by a mile. In Bill terms, only the third YEAR there has been a double-figure count. (No figures for 2012, but there certainly weren't many past the Bill!)" ..... the first column shows the year, followed by the Sussex Year Total, the Selsey Year Total, and the Selsey Day Total where relevant:
Old boys re-united - Bob Lord (left) and Jim Weston at the Bill yesterday
Quite why so many Balearics chose to move on a light N/NW wind is anyone's guess, but it just goes to show how unpredictable things can be and that it's always worth keeping an eye on the sea. I was for once able to get there on time (thanks Andy!) but it can be frustrating to get it wrong - as the following from a somewhat disgruntled Mr Janman shows "In a desperate attempt to not be left out and add to todays Balearic total, I watched from 1730-1908, but no Balearics; only Gannets 8e,1w...Fulmar 1w...Turnstone 7 ob plus 2 unid’d small waders sp and 2 large white swan/geese NE at great distance. Great !! I had to content myself with a small influx of probably Small White butterflies, at least 25 during the watch. (CRJ)"
News from today awaited.....will there be any more? The answer was yes !
Church Norton: 2 Redstarts, 2+ Spotted Flycatchers, 3+ Lesser Whitethroat & 6+ Blackcaps behind the hide, 3 Wheatears on the spit, several hundred Swallows over, a Knot and a Greenshank in the harbour, though generally wader numbers seem low for the time of year (AH). North Wall: Along White's Creek, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, 47 Redshank and 23 Wigeon. On the Breech pool a Ruff, a Spotted Redshank, 4 Common Sandpipers, 4 Snipe, 64 Black-tailed Godwits and 120 Swallows, but few migrant warblers (JW).
A later report from CRJ: This afternoon I took the bike to the North Wall, a Hobby over Honer Reservoir when I got there, and 2 Common Sandpipers on the return journey. On the Breech Pool, 1 Common Sandpiper , but the best was a Greenshank and a Spotted Redshank feeding near each other, then they flew off together over the harbour and both called, which was very nice for a young man who was out running but stopped to ask what all the birds were, and spent a rewarding half-hour with me going through all the regular species.