Selsey Bill was very quiet during the hour I was there (1000-1100hrs); there was no passage, but the flock of c.150 Common Scoter was viewable offshore to the west, the flock stretching from beyond the shingle bar towards the beach at Hillfield Road, gradually drifting further west on the incoming tide. Otherwise there were 8 Common and 2 Sandwich Terns fishing over the bar and a single Gannet W (OM).
The Severals: Female Tufted Duck + 6 ducklings, 2 juvenile Little Grebes, 1 female Teal looking tiny beside the Mallards, 1 Little Egret, 1 singing Sedge Warbler in the bushes, and still plenty of Linnets and Whitethroats about, plus a very active Chiffchaff in an otherwise very quiet copse. There was also a confiding Ringed Plover close by, that came within two metres of me before settling down nearby. Presumably it had a nest or chick nearby. (SR)
Medmerry: I timed my Stilt visit this afternoon to coincide with high tide in the hope that the chicks would be out of the gully, on dry land and visible. The banks of the gully, now transformed to a wide channel, were lined with waders but difficult to identify at that distance in the heat haze. A low flying plane displaced many of them, sending up a mixed flock of around 300 including Dunlin and Grey Plover, very impressive for a nature reserve still very much in the making. Fourteen Avocets were counted and 5 Common Terns were feeding in the flooded area near the breach, and 7 Sand Martins flew by. The Stilt parents were visible, at one stage the male harassed a Brown Hare, but the chicks stayed resolutely out of sight.
Stilt Pool: One pair of Avocets now have 3 chicks which they were carefully guarding and another Avocet remains on her nest. Also present were 7 Little Ringed Plovers and 6 Dunlin (SR).
Ham Farm: This evening there were at least three singing Corn Buntings, many Skylarks, of which quite a few look like youngsters, a couple of Whitethroats and about 20 Sand Martins and three Mediterranean Gulls over. Down towards the breach there were two Little Terns, two Sandwich Terns, two Greenshank, 30 Grey Plovers and 50 Dunlin. (AH)
In the area c6 Black-tailed Skimmer - well, skimming about(!), with one female ovipositing, and 2 Emperors and several Common Blue Damsels also. (AB)
Gannet - 9W, 8E
Mediterranean Gull - 2W
Sandwich Tern - 10W
Common Tern - 2W, 1E
Grey wagtail 1ob
Breach: 1 Common Tern feeding, 3 Greenshank, c25 Black-tailed Godwits, 18 Grey Plover, and c25 Dunlin.
Stilt Pool: Very quiet although the Avocets were having to defend against a Great Black-backed Gull. Two Avocets on nests, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Canada Geese, and the usual Mallard family with one odd partially leucistic one. Four more Little Ringed Plovers on other scrapes. (SR)