A lovely warm day with plenty of sunshine and little wind although the birding was very slow. We started our day with a walk down Ellanore Lane, West Wittering and around Snowhill Marsh. Just a handful of Chiffchaffs and a Grey Wagtail W with a Kingfisher on Snowhill, a lone Guillemot out in the harbour, but little else noted. Church Norton: just a few Chiffs and 2 Wheatears. North Wall: Ruff, 6 Common Snipe and 4 Water Rails with a flock of 70 Golden Plover N. (Bernie Forbes, Dave Smith & Dorian Mason).
Monday, 14th October: A pleasant enough morning found yours truly at Church Norton bright and early, hoping to catch the early bird. Unfortunately there wasn't much on offer, the churchyard was devoid of anything exciting and my personal crusade to find a Ring Ouzel goes on. A short sea-watch at the Bill produced little offshore but 3 late Yellow Wagtails dropping onto the Oval playing field were a surprise. Then an early evening call from Sam Hill told of a male Ring Ouzel as he was on his Selsey-Norton walk. Full details will follow shortly...
Selsey Bill (0935-1050hrs): Dry, sunshine and cloud. Wind W 3-4. (Obs: OM et al)
Gannet - 55W
Brent Goose - 12W
Common Scoter - 5W
Med Gull - 15W
Swallow - 3 SE
Yellow Wagtail - 3E, dropped onto playing field for a while
Meadow Pipit - 10 p
Goldfinch - 30E