Friday, 6 December 2013

6th - 7th December 2013

Saturday, 7th December: Sunshine and cloud with a moderate W3-4.
A couple of hours sea-watching at the Bill produced a few divers, a Goosander, a Bonxie and perhaps the biggest surprise of all, a Ring-necked Parakeet!
Selsey Bill: 0730 to 0930hrs: WNW3 cloudy: (Obs: JA/SH)
Great Northern Diver - 1W, 2os,
Black-throated Diver - 2os,
Red-throated Diver - 1E, 8W,
Great Crested Grebe - 1W, 1os,
Slavonian Grebe - 2os,
Gannet - 2E, 7W, 12os,
Little Egret - 1ob,
Brent Goose - 1E, 5W,
Shelduck - 11W,
Shoveler - 3W,
Common Scoter - 4E, 3W, 2os,
Goosander - 1W,
Red-breasted Merganser - 13os,
Grey Plover - 3W,
Oystercatcher - 3ob,
Great Skua - 1E,
Kittiwake - 18W, 6os,
Med' Gull - 5os,
Auk sp - 14E, 129W,
Pied Wagtail - 2ob,
Ring-necked Parakeet - 1p 
Chiffchaff - 1 gardens.

Friday, 6th December: Dry, bright and sunny, but frosty at first and remaining cool with a light-mod W/NW breeze.

The only report so far, as so often, is from the indefatigable Andy House at Pagham Hbr
Church Norton: A lot less activity on the sea on a bright and breezy morning - however there were still 2 Black-throated Divers, 10 Slavonian Grebes, 7 Great Crested Grebes and 20+ Red-breasted Mergansers offshore. Also another load of rocks to shore up the Pagham side was being towed in on the rising tide. The Peregrine was still on its island, 5 Goldeneye were in the harbour mouth (and another 2 in the harbour) and still very large numbers of Knot about (AH).
Another barge-load of rocks bound for Pagham beach, and 5 Goldeneye in the harbour mouth (A. House)

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