Pagham Hbr: Ivan Lang logged 46 Shelduck and 44 Shoveler on the Ferry Pool, 65 Goldfinches near the Visitor centre and 6 Avocets in the harbour.
Wednesday, 5th February: Dear oh dear, the thoroughly depressing wet and windy winter of 2014 still shows no sign of abating. Severe gales persisted overnight and into this morning, with lengthy periods of heavy rain, and the forecast is for this continue well into the weekend with no let-up in sight. No bird news yet received today... and so it stayed, almost our first no-news day on the blog....but not quite, a late item from Ivan Lang at Pagham Hbr saved the day!
For information, I had a quick flick through the Peninsula year-list for 2014, which by my reckoning currently stands at 129 species to the end of January. I may well have missed one or two, as if I was unsure I left the details out, but it will be fascinating to see how things progress as spring approaches. Keep looking! (OM).
Hate to think you had a day with no sightings so let’s put it right...(IL)
Tuesday, 4th February: Dry throughout most of the day (apart from the odd light shower), with sunshine and cloud. Windy, S/SSW 5-6. Rain forecasted for this evening. Today was definitely one of those early-Feb doldrums days with nothing new about and little to reward the active birder. I headed for the Bill where I met the Worthing boys who had just arrived. The cold, strong wind was blowing in straight at us and proved almost impossible to shelter from; I managed to last just an hour by which time the others had already left, as there was just nothing moving and conditions were fairly unpleasant. Meanwhile the Worthing boys checked out the Dell Quay area, finding a Black Brant and a large flock of Black-tailed Godwits.I decided to leave the Peninsula and head inland; it also proved to be fairly useless but that's another story. I did meet Andy House though at Burton Mill and I hope he won't mind me telling the world, but he informed me he'd just become a granddad..... congratulations Andy, and welcome to the old boys club!!
Church Norton: was bereft of most of its waders with virtually zero in view, even the Peregrine on the small island looked unhappy in the wind! (BFF/DIS/DM) On Pagham Lagoon the Slavonian Grebe was still present (per Matt Eade).
Dell Quay: seeking shelter down the east side of the harbour we found 2 Greenshank and 2 Spotted Redshank amongst the common waders and ducks in the main channel. In the middle of the channel a conservative count of at least 550 Black-tailed Godwits huddled together like a flock of Emperor Penguins trying to keep warm! South of Dell Quay and viewing from Salterns Way we found the Black Brant feeding amongst a huge flock of around 2000 Brent Geese! (BFF/DIS/DM) (see below - pic Dorian Mason)