Friday, 28 November 2014

28th - 30th November 2014

Sunday, 30th November: Comparatively mild and benign weather conditions on the last official day of late autumn; dry and cloudy with some brightness and a light northerly breeze.
Selsey Bill: (0730-0900hrs) Up to 6 Great Northern Divers and 5 Slavonian Grebes offshore this morning, along with 3 Eider, and a few Common Scoter and Red-throated Diver moving, plus a couple of Shags going east. Full log -
Great Northern Diver - 1E, 6os
Red-throated Diver - 1W, 3E
Slavonian Grebe - 5os
Great Crested Grebe - 3E, 4os
Gannet - 6W, 6E
Shag - 2E
Teal - 2W, 3E
Pintail - 1E

Common Scoter - 1E, 15os
Eider - 3os
Red-breasted Merganser - 1W, 1E, 5os
Curlew - 1W
Mediterranean Gull - 1W
Kittiwake - 1W
auk sp 2W, 3E

Great Northern Diver off the Bill (AH)
Selsey - East beach: It might hardly be worth a mention elsewhere but the Stonechat in bushes along the sea wall this afternoon is the first I've seen along here this year.  There were also 5 Linnets, 7 Pied Wagtails and a couple of Med Gulls in with the Black-headed Gulls and a Sparrowhawk at the pond (SR)
Medmerry: West Sands to the breach - The Spoonbill and a Black Redstart were present this morning, plus an Eider offshore, but no sign of the Great Northern Diver. A pair of Kestrels were also present (RJS/A&YF/DM/DS)

Kestrel at Medmerry (DM)

East Head: A Dartford Warbler was near Snowhill Creek this morning. (BI)

Church Norton: Both IP and S&SaH reported a grey goose in amongst the huge Brent Goose flock, which follows an Intriguing reports of a possible juvenile White-fronted Goose with the Brent Goose flock yesterday by a visitor to IL.Keep your eyes peeled!
Also IP had a pair of Bullfinches between the Severals and a Short-eared Owl in the harbour, S&SaH had a Grey Wagtail and a Chiffchaff on their way from Selsey, whilst in the harbour the two Spoonbills occasionally awoke for a feed, and a Greenshank was in the creek opposite the horse's field. (AH)
This afternoon there were 3 Spoonbills feeding actively in the harbour, and a Peregrine intermittently upsetting everything, and there were two Chiffchaffs on the notrh edge of Selsey. (S&SaH)
Spoonbills with Grey Heron at Church Norton (DM)

Greenshank (above) & Brent Geese flock at Church Norton (AH)
Another shot of the Spoonbills (SH)
Chichester GP's - Ivy Lake complex: I spent the best part of three hours working the various pits in the complex this morning in pleasant sunshine. The only highlight - if that's what Chiffchaffs can be called - was a count of at least 16 birds in the hedgerows and trees surrounding the pits; they seemed to be everywhere and it's quite probable my count is well under-estimated. Also present were 2 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Goldcrests, 20 Long-tailed Tits. and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, plus 2 late Red Admirals still on the wing. Wildfowl numbers were predictably very low however, with just a few Pochard, perhaps 10 Gadwall and a smattering of Tufted Duck, whilst 20 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Little Egrets and a calling Water Rail completed the tally (OM).
Little Egrets, Long-tailed Tit and Red Admiral at Ivy lake this morning (OM)

Saturday, 29th November: A welcome bright, dry and sunny day with some light cloud and a moderate to fresh easterly wind. Highlights of a fairly brief sea-watch this morning were 3 Slavonian Grebes and a Bonxie, plus a few divers......

Selsey Bill (0730 - 0900hrs): Sunny, ESE 4 (Obs: SH/JA)
Red-throated Diver - 4E, 1W

Great Northern Diver - 2 os
Great Crested Grebe - 2E, 1W, 2 os
Slavonian Grebe - 1E, 2 os
Gannet - 11E, 2W, 12 os
Brent Goose - 3E
Teal - 4E
Common Scoter - 6E, 1W, 13 os

R/b Merganser - 3E, 1W, 2 os
Great Skua - 1E
Med Gull - 4E
Razorbill - 3E
Auk sp - 1E

Sunrise at Selsey Bill (SH)

Fishbourne Creek: A very pleasant morning produced a good selection of birds, the most unusual of which was an adult Little Gull in amongst the many gulls present until just after midday when it got up on its own and flew off east.
Other notable species seen included a minimum of 7 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 10 Goldeneye and similar of Red-breasted Merganser and Little Grebe, 2 pairs of Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail over, and at least 20 Yellowhammers around the riding school.
There were very large numbers of the commoner waders and wildfowl on the low tide, including 30+ Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Teal and 100+ Wigeon, and a Lesser Black-backed Gull and at least 500 Common Gulls were amongst the thousands of Black-headed Gulls. (AH)

Little Gull with Common and Black-headed Gull (above), Greenshank, Yellowhammer & Stonechats at Fishbourne Creek (AH)


East Head: A look around mid-afternoon, with the highlight being a Black Redstart by the crabbing pool before it was inevitably flushed by dog-walkers and also a few Sanderlings on the beach, a single Linnet, a pair of Stonechats and a few Pied Wagtails and Meadow Pipits. (BI)
Church Norton: This morning there was a Green Sandpiper on Park Farm Reservoir, 1000+ Lapwing and 100 Golden Plover on/over the fields, along with two Buzzards. (SH/SaH/PB)
This afternoon the two Spoonbills were on Tern Island, a Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank and a couple of Bar-tailed Godwits were in the harbour, and the Wigeon and Teal were displaying in the spring-like conditions. (AH)

Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover & Teal at Church Norton (AH)

Friday, 28th November: Another fairly dismal start to the day with heavy cloud and a brisk E/NE wind, but the prospect of brighter interludes later; the latter having been in short supply for much of this month.

Selsey Bill: I did 30 minutes first thing this morning, but not a bird went past, though there were 3 Great Northern Divers, 2 Common Scoters and 2 Great Crested Grebes offshore. (AH)

News from one of the Selsey deep-sea fisherman (via SH) that last weekend/early this week in the foggy weather they were seeing many Fieldfares and Redwings heading towards Selsey over the sea - some of which, sadly, were being picked off by the Great Black-backed Gulls. (AH)
Medmerry: West Sands to the breach - There was a bit more of interest here, including at least one Black Redstart along the rocks, a Spoonbill and the Great Northern Diver in the pools, a Grey Wagtail by the sluice and c20 Common Scoter offshore.
Otherwise there were 30 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 120 Lapwing, 80 Wigeon and 40 Teal in the pools and one or two Meadow Pipits over. (AH)
There were 3 Black Redstarts again later on, and evidence of Barn Owl activity - in the form of a pellet - on a fencepost towards Chainbridge Field. (PH)

Black Redstart (above), Spoonbill, Dunlins and Ringed Plovers at Medmerry (AH)

Ferry Pool: The two Ruddy Shelduck were still in attendance today, along with 35 Common Shelduck, 20 Shoveler and a couple of hundred Lapwing. (AH)
A Raven was heard over the visitor Centre first thing this morning. (PH)

Ruddy and Common Shelduck (above) & Lapwings on the Ferry (AH)

Sidlesham: A Raven (possibly the one over the Visitor Centre earlier?) went eastwards over our house on the west of the village late morning, cronking very loudly as it went. Also, a female Bullfinch was in our lane at lunchtime - the first I have seen here since the spring. (AH)

Church Norton: A Raven went over the harbour this afternoon - surely the same bird as the two earlier sightings on the peninsula. (RJS)

Pagham Lagoon: Just a couple of hours available this morning before returning to attend to domestic duties, so I did a circuit of the lagoon to see if anything unusual was around. It wasn't! There were about 25+ Little Grebes, 3 Goldeneye (one drake), 24 Tufted Ducks, a single but noisy Cetti's Warbler and a couple of Goldcrests, but nothing else of note. Extending my walk to cover part of the East side produced lots of the commoner waders including 500+ Lapwings, and also a count of 175 Great Black-backed Gulls on the mudflats (OM).

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

25th - 27th November 2014

Thursday, 27th November: Another very overcast and dull morning with the risk of showers and just a light NE breeze. A glance at today's local weather forecast showed the promise of some brightness later with the wind veering SE, perhaps making it feel a little less chilly..... we shall see!
Selsey: East Beach - A Black Redstart along the sea wall/gardens this morning. (SR)
Medmerry: Easton Lane westwards - Best birds of the morning were a pair of Grey Partridge on the raised bank opposite the brick and flint barn, followed by a Spoonbill out in the middle before flying off east into the fog. (Presumably this is the bird that dropped into the Ferry on Tuesday).
Also of note were a Green Sandpiper, a Redwing and two Kingfishers (C&ME), but otherwise it was just good numbers of the usual fare, including a couple of Peregrines, a pair of Stonechats, 20+ Yellowhammers and Skylarks, 50+ Linnet and Goldfinch, and 200+ Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail.
The only waders seen were about 40 Lapwing, though there were plenty of wildfowl about including 28 Common Scoter offshore, and 25 Shelduck, 20 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 200+ Teal and simlar of Canada Goose spread about the pools and fields. (AH)
Yellowhammers (above), Linnets & Pied Wagtail at Medmerry (AH)

Ferry Pool: Just the usual ducks this morning, including c20 Shelduck, c30 Shoveler and Teal, with c50 Wigeon and 100+ Lapwing in the field. (AH)
Three Avocets also appeared early afternoon (J. Edwards}.

Church Norton: In the harbour the two Spoonbills showed well around mid-day by Tern island (they had been distant). A Spotted Redshank was close to the shingle bank and further out on the mud there was the leucistic Curlew, but nothing at all out to sea. Later I managed to see the 2 Ruddy Shelducks very distantly out in the harbour swimming with Shelducks on the rising tide early afternoon and a Kingfisher also put in an appearance (J. Edwards}.
Wednesday, 26th November: A truly dank and gloomy day, with intermittent heavy drizzle and no sign of the sun, but at least yesterday's nagging wind had subsided...

Medmerry: Earnley side - There were 2 Jack Snipe and 15 Common Snipe in the 'Stilt Pools' - they should be viewable on the islands/causeways from the raised bank. (PH)
West Sands to the breach - A Swallow swooped infront of the car as I parked it at 1.10 today, it continued to hawk for insects around the rubble site and viewpoint for a while giving two visiting birders good views. Two Black Redstarts were around the rocks, along with half a dozen Meadow Pipits and 3 Pied Wagtails. In the thick mist I could make out the Great Northern Diver, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, 3 Shovelers, and large numbers of assorted Plovers crowded together on the muddy islands at high tide. (SR)
Ferry Pool: There was a Barn Owl hunting along the verge of the fields between the Visitor Centre and the village on the east of the road at 6am this morning, with possibly another one further back (though it was dark and I was in a vehicle!) (SH)
Later on, the two Ruddy Shelducks were on the pool, with 82 Common Shelducks, 40 Teal, 35 Shoveler and there were 200+ Lapwing on the field. Also a Buzzard and a Kingfisher  presumably the one seen at the Long Pool as below (AH/E.Stubbs}.
Not much to report along the Long Pool - a Kingfisher along the channel, a Jay and a pair of Reed Buntings was about it. (AH)
 Ruddy and Common Shelducks on the Ferry (above) & Reed Buntings along the Long Pool (AH)
Church Norton: There were 2 Fieldfares in the churchyard this morning - the first I have seen on the peninsula this autumn. A walk along the spit produced 2 Greenshank, a Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Great Crested Grebes and 50 Wigeon, but no passerines at all, and it was hard to see most of the harbour as it was shrouded in drizzly mist (AH}. The two Spoonbills were seen distantly on the mudflats and the regular Whimbrel also showed, as did 'Milky' the leucistic Curlew with several of its more normal congeners. A single Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Shelduck and 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were also noted (E. Stubbs}.
(On the subject of Greenshank, it will be interesting to see if any stay the whole winter in the harbour. Though they are a regular and fairly common wintering species in a variety of locations in Chichester Harbour, for some reason they almost never over-winter at Pagham, and December/January records are few and far between, but currently there appear to be three birds that have settled in. Time will tell.) (AH)
Fieldfares (above), Greenshank & Red-breasted Mergansers at Church Norton (AH)
Tuesday, 25th November: After yesterday's pleasant brightness it was back to gloomy weather again today..... mainly overcast, damp and rainy with a brisk NE wind making things decidedly chilly. It's now less than six weeks until the start of the new year and although the short days of winter mean less birding time there will no doubt be some surprises ahead. It is also a busy time for the editors with behind the scenes admin activity, such as compiling the Peninsula yearlist, whilst AH has also taken on the extra burden of researching data for a Review of the Year 2014, which we hope will appear in due course. Meanwhile keep looking..... we would be delighted to add one or two new species to the list before the year's end!
Selsey Bill: Nothing moving - just one Great Northern Diver offshore and 11 Red-breasted Mergansers west. (DF)
Medmerry: West Sands to the breach - No sign of the Great Northern Diver this morning, or any Black Redstarts, in the dire conditions, though there were 15-20 Common Scoter offhore, 4 Grey Plovers and 20 Dunlin on the pools and a couple of Kestrels on the rough ground. (AH)
Later on a Black Redstart and a Stonechat were along the rocks, the Great Northern Diver was refound, and a Green Sandpiper briefly dropped in on the flooded field south of the viewpoint. Nearby, at Sidlesham Sewage Farm there were 3 Chiffchaffs, and there were c3000 Brent Geese on the cropped fields. (BFF/DM)
Kestrel at Medmerry (AH)
Ferry Pool: The 2 Ruddy Shelduck were hunched up roosting on the north side. Out of the blue an immature Spoonbill flew in briefly into the field by the pumping station before relocating onto the Ferry only for a few minutes before flying off. On checking Dorian's photos we realised that this was a ringed bird and different from the other ringed bird in the harbour! (BFF/DM)
Spoonbill at the Ferry (DM)
Church Norton: A very quck look produced the two Spoonbills looking about as enthusiastic as I was about the weather, and a reasonable selection of the commoner waders. (AH)They were still there later, along with a Peregrine. (BFF/DM)
Spoonbills (above), Grey Plover & Redshank at Church Norton (AH)
Chichester GP's: Drayton Pits: An hour spent this morning checking out the pits in poor weather did not produce anything unusual, but there was a little bit of variety which made it seem worthwhile. Wildfowl numbers were fairly low, the most interesting being 45 Gadwall and 24 Shoveler amongst the several hundred Coots present. Three Water Rails were seen or heard and 3 Snipe were along the fringes of the lakes. At least 6 Chiffchaffs were logged, plus 2 Cetti's Warblers, - with one of the latter showing well for a time - whilst the best of the rest included 2 Jays, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 10 Reed Buntings, 6 Redwings and a Mistle Thrush (OM).
East Head: As soon as we arrived the rain came on making the walk out onto the head very unpleasant! Little was seen on the walk out except a very confiding Sanderling, on the beach. Out in the channels the only bird noted was a single Great-crested Grebe. Walking back in the dune slack we found a single Jack Snipe that dropped rapidly back down into cover. On the greensward 320 Golden Plover, 52 Ringed Plover and estimated 2400 Brent Geese. (BFF/DM)
Sanderling at East Head (DM)
West Itchenor: Found a bit of a shelter from the strong north-easterly wind and the drizzle, but not much to report along the east side of Chichester harbour - highlights were 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 200 Lapwing, 6 Grey Plover, 8 Curlew, 40 Dunlin, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Shelduck and 60 Brent Geese, plus a few Little Egrets, one of which decided to take refuge high up in an oak tree. (AH)
Bar-tailed Godwit (above) & Little Egret at West Itchenor (AH)

Saturday, 22 November 2014

22nd - 24th November 2014

Monday, 24th November: Weather this morning that we haven't been used to of late - a sharp frost followed by bright sunshine... what a welcome change!

Selsey Bill (0745-0930hrs): Sunny, wind light NE2 (Obs: OM/AH} A few Gannets moving mostly east, a couple of Great Northern Divers on the sea and a couple of Chiffchaffs in the bushes were the highlights. Log below.....
Great Northern Diver - 1W, 2 os
Gannet - 48E, 6W
Brent Goose - 3W
Red-breasted Merganser - 7W
Common Scoter - 4 os
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 os
Sparrowhawk - 1 gardens
Chiffchaff - 2 gardens
Distant Gannets over the Nab at Selsey (AH)
Selsey area: Drift Lane Marsh/Warner Lane paddocks: A Woodcock was near the sallows on the marsh this morning, along with 11 Snipe and a Grey Wagtail, whilst nearby at the paddocks there was a group of 4 Common Buzzards spiralling together; also 2 or 3 Song Thrushes and a Stonechat.(OM).
Northcommon Farm: A Chiffchaff and 6 Goldcrests were in the trees and 3 Song Thrushes in the hedgerows; the latter seemingly rather darker/colder grey above so presumably of the nominate continental form. Four Med Gulls were amongst a gathering of Black-headed Gulls on the wet meadows and flooded playing field, together with 22 Curlews (OM}.
East beach & Pond: Not very productive; nothing of interest on the pond and not much either in the surrounding vegetation bar a couple of Goldcrests, a Song Thrush and plenty of Blackbirds. A walk eastwards as far as the oak copse was very pleasant but similarly unproductive, again just a couple of Goldcrests put in an appearance plus a flock of c.10 Long-tailed Tits (OM}.
Grey Wagtail in an unusual pose on wires at Drift Lane marsh, and below, Curlews feeding on a frosty and flooded playing field (OM} 
North Wall: One of the Spoonbills was at this end of the harbour this morning, a Rock Pipit was on the wall and a Spotted Redshank was heard but not seen. (PC/TG)
There were 2 Rock Pipits and a Kingfisher along the Wall this morning, but very little was happening on the Breach Pool. The footpath to Honer is only passable with wellington boots, but in the fields there were 280 Wigeon, 370 Lapwing, 85 Curlew, 62 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Common Snipe, a single Redwing was in Owl Copse and 2 Green Woodpeckers were close to the wooden bridge leading to Sidlesham. (JDW)
East Side: Nothing very unusual, but I was reminded just how many birds use the harbour in the winter. Among birds seen on the rising tide were a Greenshank, one of the Ruddy Shelducks, 50 Common Shelduck, 3-400 Golden Plover, maybe 2000 Lapwing, 500 Dunlin, 100+ Grey Plover and Knot, 2-300 Teal and Wigeon and smaller numbers of Pintail, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwits and Curlew. There were also 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 20 Common Gulls. (AH)
Greenshank (above), Ruddy Shelduck, two views of Golden Plover & Common and Black-headed Gulls in Pagham Harbour (AH)

Pagham Lagoon: A quick look revealed one of the Goldeneye and a Pochard amongst 30+ Tufted Duck and Little Grebe. (AH)
A very late Swallow was over the spit today. (TG)
Goldeneye (above) & Pochard on Pagham Lagoon (AH)
Sunday, 23rd November: Not a good forecast; another really gloomy late November day, with continuous rain predicted to last for much of the time, and perhaps until evening. At least it is still comparatively mild, though now with a moderate northerly breeze taking the edge off things....
So not the most enticing of conditions for birding then, but if you look at the list of species seen today, it's surprising just what a little perseverance (and suffering) can produce!

Selsey Bill (0730-0930hrs): (Obs: JA/SH/AH)
Great Northern Diver - 3os
Red-throated Diver - 1os
Slavonian Grebe - 1os
Great Crested Grebe - 2os
Gannet - 4W
Brent Goose - 9W
Greylag Goose - 2E
Teal - 1E
Common Scoter - 1W, 5E
Eider - 1os
Red-breasted Merganser - 3W, 11E, 3os
Grey Plover - 1ob
Ringed Plover - 1E
Pomarine Skua - juvenile flew east at 0850, settled on the sea near mile basket, then flew off east at 0900 before flying back west much closer at 0910

(additional 1430-1530hrs): (SH)
Great Northern Diver - 4os
Slavonian Grebe - 1os
Gannet - 2W
Common Scoter - 1W
Eider - 1os
Red-breasted Merganser - 1W 

Also, yesterday evening there was a lot of evidence of Redwings and a few Fieldfares passing over Selsey, calling but unseen, before the weather deteriorated, though there was no sign of any today. (JA)

Selsey Coastguard's: A Black Redstart here today. (BI) 

Medmerry: West Sands to the breach - The Great Northern Diver was still on its regular pool today, along with 2 Pintail, and there were still 2 Black Redstarts and 2 Stonechats around the rocks and a Grey Wagtail nearby. (BI)
Grey Wagtail at Medmerry (BI)
Church Norton: The two Spoonbills were on Tern Island, the Whimbrel was along the near edge and 7 Bar-tailed Godwits were in the harbour. Also present as the tide rose were a Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Pintail, 80 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 100+ Knot and 30 Grey Plover. (AH/DM/DS)
There was also a drake Goldeneye in the harbour - the first of the autumn, and a Blackcap still at Park Farm, Selsey. (S&SaH)

Spoonbills (above), Knot & Wigeon at Church Norton (AH)

East side of the harbour: A pair of Goldeneye and a Mediterranean Gull were on the Lagoon, a Short-eared Owl was flushed from Pagham Spit and there were 4 Rock Pipits along the North Wall. (JW)

Ferry Pool: A single Ruddy Shelduck was present with 25 Common Shelduck this morning. There were also c30 Shoveler and Teal on the water, and c100 Wigeon with a couple of Black-tailed Godwit and c400 Lapwing on the field. (AH)
Late this afternoon the pair of Ruddy Shelducks were re-united, and there were 13 Avocets on the pool. Something spooked the Lapwings, and I reckon there were nearly double my earlier estimate - 6-800 birds as a conservative count. (AH)
Ruddy Shelduck (above) & Avocets on the Ferry (AH)
Saturday, 22nd November: Another gloomy and overcast day with periods of rain and a S/SE wind F3-4, but still comparatively mild.

Selsey Bill (0730-0900hrs) (Obs: JA/SH/PB/AH)
Gannet - 5W
Wigeon - 8W
Eider - 1os
Common Scoter - 3E
Red-breasted Merganser 4E, 5W
Turnstone - 2E
Mediterranean Gull - 1os
Pied Wagtail - 2p

Selsey: Coastguard's Field: Two Stonechats were present this afternoon. (SR)

Church Norton: The two Spoonbills were still present this morning on Tern Island and there were 3 Red-breasted Mergansers and 5 Great Crested Grebes in the harbour, and 3 Mediterranean Gulls offshore.
There were c50 each of Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit in the fields between Park Farm and the Severals, and there were a Redwing, 4 Song Thrushes, 2 Jays and a dozen or so each of Goldcrest and Long-tailed Tit in the churchyard/car park area. (S&SaH/AH)

Red-breasted Mergansers (above) & Spoonbills at Church Norton (AH)

Medmerry: Easton Lane westwards - I did the long walk to the Bracklesham side this morning and was rewarded with a very late Wheatear (presumably the one seen earlier in the week) on the rocks by the beach. Also about were a smart male Black Redstart - that got shooed off by a Meadow Pipit and vanished - along with a Grey Wagtail at Marsh Farm, plus c20 Yellowhammers, a couple of Reed Buntings and Skylarks and a pair of Stonechats.
Very few waders were present despite the high tide - just half a dozen Curlew and 3-400 Lapwings that came up a couple of times from the middle of the reserve, but a few more wildfowl were about, including 20+ Gadwall, 16 Shelduck, 200 Teal and 60 Brent Geese, whilst the only raptors were a Sparrowhawk and a rather bedraggled Buzzard. (AH)

Wheatear (above), Grey Wagtail & Buzzard at Medmerry (AH)

Medmerry: West Sands to the breach - There were still 3 Black Redstarts along the sea-defence rocks this afternoon, in the company of a pair of Stonechats, all jumping up and down after insects, like displaying Mannekins.
Otherwise, the Great Northern Diver was still on the far pool, there were 4 Pintail and 20 Teal on the nearer one, and 40+ Ringed Plover, 80 Lapwing and 20 Dunlins were on the mud. (AH)
Black Redstarts at Medmerry (AH)