Selsey Bill (10.00-11.15hrs): Rainy, then sunny, wind W 5. (Obs: OM)
Great Northern Diver - 2 os
Great Crested Grebe - 4W
Common Scoter - 6 os
R/b Merganser - 1E,1W
Selsey West Beach: A brief stop here failed to find any birds worthy of mention, save for a Kestrel hovering over the edge of the eroded 'cliffs.' It should be mentioned that there is a sign saying the footpath along this stretch has officially been closed for the time being for public safety reasons, due to coastal erosion, though there is nothing to physically stop access. The path is mighty close to the edge in a couple of spots and it's surely only a matter of time before it disappears.
Wednesday, 22nd January: Dry and generally pleasant with sunshine and some cloud.
Pagham Spit & Lagoon: Spent the morning around the Lagoon and spit in bright sunshine. Best bird was the very confiding Slavonian Grebe on the lagoon - it's not often we see this familiar, but charming, species so close. Also on there were 5 Goldeneye (including two displaying drakes), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, at least 40 Little Grebes and 20 Mediterranean Gulls.
In the harbour the two Ruddy Shelducks were still present, along with another 10 or so Red-breasted Mergansers, 30+ Mediterranean Gulls and about 500 Black-tailed Godwits, and there were 6 Skylarks along the spit.(AH)
Tuesday, 21st January: A cold and frosty start, with thick fog lingering to mid-morning, then mainly dry and fairly sunny with light wind.
Pagham Harbour: There was an '-eared owl sp' flushed from the bank along the North Wall early on, but I could find no trace, though a Water Rail flying out of the long grass and into the reeds was a surprising consolation, before I gave up in foggy despair. A brief look at Church Norton failed to find the Glaucous Gull, though it was back on Tern Island late afternoon (per Birdguides). Quiet on the sea, too, with just a single Slavonian Grebe, Eider and Red-breasted Merganser noted. (AH)