North Wall: The Osprey was present again around midday, until the gulls pushed it off westwards. Also a Kingfisher and 100+ Black-tailed Godwits on the breach pool, a Yellow Wagtail in the horse field and a Whimbrel in the harbour. (BI) Also the first 3 Wigeon of the autumn in White's Creek. (ARK per SOS)
A sea-watch 0920-1020hrs (OM/PC) proved to be very quiet, producing just Gannet 2E and 4W, Common Scoter 1W, Sandwich Tern 4W, Commic Tern 3E and Sand Martin 30SW. Then OM became restless, deciding it was time to check the gardens.... it didn't look very promising, but a Swift and a few more Sand Martins flew over the Oval field before heading out SW, at least 4 Willow Warblers and a Whitethroat were logged, and then the Wryneck appeared!
Medmerry: Highlights of the SOS walk from Easton Lane to the beach on the western side of Medmerry RSPB Reserve. Along the way a good flock of 25+ Yellow Wagtails were feeding in the fields, together with several Wheatears. Other birds seen were Yellowhammer, Whitethroat and many Sand Martins passing through.
Quite an eventful walk this evening, with a hovercraft in the harbour, quad and motor bikes on the beach and a naked man lingering around the hide!
An Osprey was feeding in front of sluice gates (around 6pm) adjacent to North Wall about 50 metres out half way to channel. It was 'put up' by an Environment Agency hovercraft on at least two occasions but kept hold of its prey eventually landing on the Church Norton side of the channel where it was feeding on its quarry until we left at around 7pm. (D. Meagher per SOS)
Ivy Lake: A Swift over early this morning (SH). Two Common Terns and up to 40 Pochard present, as well. (JD)