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Selsey Bill: 08.40-09.20hrs: strong SSW, very poor visibility (AH)
Absolutely nothing moving offshore; on the sea 1 Common Scoter, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers and 1 Razorbill.
Church Norton: Not much better here, best being about 300 Black-tailed Godwits in two flocks, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 100+ Knot & Dunlin, a Mediterranean Gull and a few Common Gulls in the harbour, and 2 Jays in the churchyard.(AH)
East Head: Great minds thinking alike - OM and I turned up for another potentially futile search for the Snow Bunting, but today in nice early spring weather we were in luck - and there he was, tucked in on the shingle at the northern tip, untroubled by the many dogs and walkers! Also seen out in the harbour were 3 Great Northern Divers, 3 Long-tailed Ducks and around 15 Slavonian Grebes, along with about half a dozen Great Crested Grebes and at least 20 Red-breasted Mergansers, and there were at least 700 Brent Geese on the grass.(AH) Snowhill Marsh held nothing out of the ordinary; plenty of Teal and just singles of Greenshank and Spotted Redshank being about the best (OM).
Med Gulls around the Lagoon, Great Crested Grebes on Breech Pool and Grey Herons at Owl Copse (J. Weston)
Great Northern Diver - 2E, 3os
Slavonian Grebe - 1 os
Shelduck - 9W
Common Scoter - 27 os
R/B Merganser - 4E, 10 os
Razorbill - 1 os off E, 1W
Arctic Skua - 1E reported (Apparently an imm pale-phase bird, but an exceptionally early date for a migrant, so notes may be required. Observers confident of ID).
Kittiwake - 1 os
Med Gull and Snow Bunting at East Head (Ads Bowley)
Went to Church Norton this afternoon where the highlights were an ad Little Gull feeding along the beach and 1 Firecrest at the bottom of the main path. Good numbers of waders present squeezing on to the rapidly sinking land - mostly Grey Plover, Knot and Dunlin but c40 Bar-wits on Tern Island itself. As the tide came in further c2500 Lapwing appeared from seemingly nowhere! Offshore, the only birds other than gulls were c.8 Common Scoter on the roiling sea. No sign of the Peregrine or the Glaucous reported yesterday. Twelve Ringed Plovers were in the field behind the churchyard with c200 Brents also (AB).