Medmerry: (West Sands-Breach) A couple of surprises this morning - firstly a male Wheatear by the rubble heaps - is it going north or south at this stage? Also a partial summer-plumaged Curlew Sandpiper in the pool by the breach, along with 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Dunlin, 8 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover and 72 Grey Plover.
Off the Coastguard station there were at least 120 Common Scoter on the sea and 6 Sandwich Terns went east. (AH)
Both Black-winged Stilts still at nest site, where the male bird took over the nest from the female bird. Also 12+ Avocets (four on nests) and two Little Ringed Plovers at the site. A Common Tern diving in the channels behind. Along the track to the site two Yellowhammers. (M Kemp per SOS)
Church Norton: No sign of the Roseate Tern this morning, though plenty of Common, Sandwich and Little Terns in the harbour. Also a single Greenshank and Bar-tailed Godwit and half a dozen Curlews on the rising tide, plus two Gadwall flying around and a calling Cuckoo nearby. (BFF/DIS)
Ferry Pool: Still 14 Avocets this morning, plus 16 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Redshank and 3 Lapwing. (AH)
East Wittering: A Red Kite soared over Stocks Lane, East Wittering this morning at 8.05am. It then flew west towards West Wittering. (L. Gray per SOS)
Wednesday, 11th June: Another fine summer's morning after a bit of early cloud....
Church Norton: Highlight of an interesting morning was a Roseate Tern on Tern Island with the Common & Sandwich Terns, from 10am till at least midday, allowing a few people to see it. It then flew out over the spit on the falling tide and was not refound (per CRJ).
A pair of Cuckoos were very active around the Severals, with another calling from further afield. At least 4 Reed Buntings were along the reeds, and a pair of Little Grebes with 5 youngsters were on the second Several. A Perergrine dropped into the harbour carrying prey, and on the mud were 6 Curlews, 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 3 Teal. (AH)
Ferry Pool: Twelve Avocets this morning, plus twenty Black-tailed Godwits, eight Gadwall and a dozen Swifts feeding overhead. (AH)
Medmerry: Evening Stilt-watch - The Black-winged Stilts are still doing fine, fighting off all-comers, including several aerial spats with the Avocets. There appears to be at least 3 pairs of Little Ringed Plovers, though only one pair of chicks, and what appears to be 5 Avocets sat on nests, plus 3 lots of chicks. Otherwise quiet - a few Common and Sandwich Terns about, plus a couple of Gannets offshore, and an unexpected visit from the Fire Brigade on manoeuvres! (AH/SH)
Tuesday, 10th June: A bright and fine summer's day, with the inevitable sea-breeze picking up during the day....
Taken from the SOS, an update and information on the Black-winged Stilts from Pete Hughes, RSPB warden for Medmerry -
Selsey Bill: 1715-1815 (SH)
Gannet - 10E, 5W
Common Scoter - 3E
Arctic Skua - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 23os
Common Tern - 14os
Auk sp - 1W
Ferry Pool: 14 Avocet, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Ducks, 15 Shelduck chicks with 2 adults, 2 Redshank, 5 Lapwings (could only see adults), with Swifts and Swallows over the water. Also a lot of activity behind the visitor centre with at least three families of newly-fledged Whitethroats. (SR/AH)
North Wall: Still very quiet. 31 Mute Swans loafing around the sluice gates. The same pairs of Tufted Ducks and Teal on the Breech Pool plus 2 fishing Common Terns. The Pagham Rife Mute Swans still have 5 cygnets. A late calling Cuckoo in that location. Red and Blue Damselflies all along the Rife. The hedgerows are now a mass of dog roses. (JW)
Long Pool: This evening at least 5 singing Reed Buntings along with half a dozen Linnets and plenty of Reed and Sedge Warbler song, plus a big loose flock of up to 20 newly-fledged Long-tailed Tits. In the channel there were 5 Redshank, 4 Lapwing, 8 Little Egtrets and a drake Teal. (AH)