Selsey Bill 0840-0940hrs: Cloud, S/SSW 4-5 (Obs: AH)
Pagham Hbr: North Wall; Around 1500 Brent Geese, 300 Golden Plover and 1000 Lapwings whirling around this morning, and a Spotted Redshank in White's Creek this afternoon (OM).
I don't know the current status of Ruddy Shelduck neither nationally nor in our own county, but surely the two at Pagham are good contenders for wild ones! This afternoon I went to twitch them, walked down from the Salthouse, found them below the Old Jetty and as soon as we made eye-contact, at some 200m, they took fright (thereby proving their pedigree) and flew a further 200m onto the Central Plateau where they fed constantly, heads going side to side, their bills sieving the surface slurry. I wanted them to be male and female and they may be but were the same size and the same colours, lovely birds and what long legs! (A.K. per SOS)
Thursday, 12th December: Dry and cool, with some cloud and sunshine after a misty start. Wind light ESE2. The Ruddy Shelducks were still present but otherwise little out of the ordinary was to be found...
Wednesday, 11th December: Bright and sunny after early morning frost and mist. Wind light E/SE 2-3. Still a varied selection of species to be found on the peninsula, with a couple of Ruddy Shelduck now featuring.