Selsey Bill (0710-1040hrs): Sunny, warm, some cloud. Calm at first, W/SW 2-3 later.
(Obs: CRJ/OM/DF/DS/JD et al). Four Balearic Shearwaters east were the clear highlight, but there was also a small movement of Common Scoters and a few Gannets and terns moving about offshore. Full log below:
Gannet - 24E, 2W
Balearic Shearwater - 4E, 0905hrs
Eider - 2 os
Common Scoter - 51E, 1os
Little Tern - 2W
Common Tern - 10E, 4W (probably fishing, moving back and forth)
Sandwich Tern - 5 os fishing (as with Common Tern)
Kittiwake - 1E
Med Gull - 2W
Swift - 4p, local birds, probably breeding.
Selsey: The Common Scoter flock off the west side near the Coastguard tower had reduced to only 7 birds this morning (OM/CRJ).
I attempted to reach Medmerry Breach via West Sands, and met Owen and Chris who gave no indication that anything was amiss, but as I went forward on the beach I was intercepted by men in blue - the bomb squad no less who forbade me to go further on the pretext of an unidentified object on the beach, the beach now being closed and sealed off! Could Owen or Chris have left their lunch box out there I wondered .......! (ARK).
Monday, 23rd June: Anticyclonic conditions still prevailing to give another warm and sunny day with a light SE breeze.
Ferry Pool (SH) (05.45hrs):
1 Spotted Redshank
7 Avocets; one young bird with them, perhaps a Medmerry bird?
Selsey: Still a few Common Scoter off Coastguards today but numbers seemed down, maybe 20 birds present (BI).
Medmerry: West Sands to the breach (SH) (06.30hrs):
50 Grey Plover
2 Black winged Stilts - both parents seen in the same area as yesterday, with the female sitting tight and the male close by (not possible to see young due to distance/habitat).
Earnley-breach late afternoon - the Black-winged Stilts were right out in the very centre of the reserve, but still chasing off all-comers. Several families of Avocets are still about - it is difficult to know just how many nesting attempts there have been this year, but it must be between 5 and 10, more than all previous years combined!
Otherwise, there were a pair of Common Terns, a pair of Little Terns, about half a dozen Sandwich Terns offshore, around 50 Grey Plover and 20 each of Turnstone and Dunlin at the breach, plus a pair of Little Ringed Plovers. Around the weedy banks by the Stilt pool there were at least 50 Linnets, including many young, 200 juvenile Starlings, a family of Reed Buntings and about 20 Skylarks. (AH)