One Goosander, 3 Eider, 6 R/b Mergansers and 24 Avocets.
The highlight of the morning was a return of the wintering Avocets with 23 in the centre channel. Good numbers of waders are now in the harbour with at 600 Knot, 1500-2000 Lapwing, 1800 Dunlin and 700 Golden Plover. Within the flock of the Golden Plover one individual stood out as it was in almost full summer plumage, which invoked the interest of a few birders; on further observation the bird seemed to have darker underwings than expected from Golden Plover and shorter tail, it was also having a bit of a hard time from the other plovers. Unfortunately, after the flock was disturbed a few times the bird disappeared. so it would be worth checking out the Golden Plover flock to see if it is more than a European Golden Plover (IL)
Great Crested Grebe - 1E, 3W, 2 os
Kittiwake - 2W
Back to Church Norton this afternoon - biggest surprise was a flock of five redhead Goosanders that cruised into the harbour and down the central channel. Also there were 3 Long-tailed Ducks together on the sea and a single Slavonian Grebe and Guillemot offshore, too, but otherwise not much different to this morning (AH).
Eider - 1,
Slavonian Grebe - 3,
R/b Merganser - 6
Razorbill - 1
Ruddy Shelduck - 2 (their 169th species on these walks)
Peregrine - 1
Fieldfare - 1
Grey Wagtail - 1
Cetti's warbler - 1
Reed Bunting - 5 (S & SaH)
Medmerry banks: 14.00 to dusk: Marsh Harrier fem, at least 5 Kestrels, a Green Sandpiper
and 2 Grey Wagtails (SH).
At Church Norton, 3 Eider and 6 Red-Breasted Mergansers offshore and 100+ Knot and 6 Bar-tailed Godwits amongst the waders on the beach, and the 2 Ruddy Shelduck still on Sidlesham Ferry (AH).
Selsey to Church Norton 10.00rs (SH): A Long-tailed Duck, an Eider, 4 R/b Mergansers, 1 Med Gull and a Kittiwake.
That's it for today. Happy Christmas again OM.