South Mundham area: The two Whooper Swans were on the flooded fields between Bowley Lane and Lagness this morning, there were also c10 Mute Swans there, but they flew off just as I left, hope the Whoopers didn’t follow them. Honer Reservoir was almost full to bursting, the highest I have seen it, but no birds on it. At the western end a mixed flock of 60 birds comprising Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Goldfinch. Not much to see down Fisher Lane apart from a small flock of c30 Greenfinches and Chaffinches and a single obliging Common Buzzard. (CRJ)
Pagham Hbr: North wall: A Lapwing morning; 1300 behind the Breech Pool and a further 1600 in the flooded field north of the Welbourne stables. Other waders included 90 Black-tailed Godwits, 48 Golden Plover and 33 Curlew. Just a few Wigeon, Teal and Tufted Ducks on the Breech Pool. White water rafting on White's Creek soon!! All the footpaths across the fields remain flooded. (Jim Weston)
East Head: OM & I went looking for the reported Snow Bunting and the Dartford Warbler without success this morning, but did find a flock of approximately 34 Barnacle Geese, which flew low across the harbour from the west, settled on the water for a while, before setting off east after much circling and uncertainty. (AH).
There were 3 Sandwich Terns, about a dozen Red-breasted Mergansers, one Great Crested Grebe and a few Skylarks around, and several hundred Dunlin and a few dozen Ringed Plovers amongst the Brent Goose flock on the grass behind the cafe. (AH). I stayed on a while after Andy left, determined to find something noteworthy, but didn't really succeed. The large Brent flock all seemed to be dark-bellied, whilst another try for the Dartford again drew a blank. A single Med Gull nearby seemed amused by my efforts. I checked out a couple of sites for Jack Snipe but there was just no sign of them or even of Common Snipe; the water levels are clearly too high and the weather too mild. Snowhill Marsh also held high water levels, but amongst the roosting wildfowl at high tide were 3 Greenshank and 3 Spotted Redshanks. (OM).
800+ Brent Geese
5 Reed Bunting
Guillemot - 1E, 1w
Auk sp - 3E
Sandwich Tern - 2 os
Little Gull - 2 lingering os
Kittiwake - 6W
Church Norton: Fifteen Avocets were feeding in the main channel, the Peregrine was on his island, a huge flock (500 birds, perhaps) of Black-tailed Godwits flew around several times, and plenty of Knot, Dunlin and Grey Plover were on the mud. (AH) Later the Peregrine flew around causing havoc with the waders, and 40+ Med Gulls were also present (SH).