Selsey Bill: (0700-0900) (SH/JA/C&ME)
Great Northern Diver - 2os
Red-throated Diver - 4W, 1E
diver sp - 1W
Slavonian Grebe - 1W
Great Crested Grebe 1W, 4E, 4os
Gannet - 12W
Brent Goose - 69W
Wigeon - 1W
Common Scoter - 6W, 8E
Velvet Scoter - 1os
Eider - 4W, 3os
Red-breasted Merganser - 3os
Mediterranean Gull - 2os
auk sp - 6W
Meadow Pipit - 8N
Black Redstart - 1p
Coastguard Field: 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 male Stonechat
Chainbridge/Archery Field: 3 Stonechats, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Buntings, 2 Kestrels, 1 Buzzard, 3 Pied Wagtails, and c150 overhead heading toward Ham.(SR)
Medmerry: West Sands to the breach - The Great Northern Diver was still present on the easternmost part of the pools this morning, and there were 6 Common Scoter and a Great Crested Grebe offshore.
A Black Redstart was actively feeding around the viewpoint, with a pair of Stonechats nearby, and 30-40 Meadow Pipits were around the rough ground.
A group of 6 Corn Buntings flew over from the fields beyond the pools along with a dozen or more Skylarks, and at least 50 more of the latter could be seen over the fields. On the pools there were a Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, c12 Grey Plover, c40 Dunlin, c100 Golden Plover and c200 Lapwing (with at least double that out in the middle of the reserve). (AH)
One more thing....... seems the hackers and spammers are still targeting me with phishing emails - mainly but not entirely fake BT ones - and despite a new PC and various safeguards the odd one purporting to be from me may still sneak through to you. So, if it looks odd just don't open it, but meanwhile I would advise all my regular contacts I now have two more email addresses which I shall use privately IN ADDITION to the normal one as above for the blog - so don't be surprised if you think the address seems wrong when you go to reply. Thanks for your patience! (OM}.
Selsey area: One of my East Beach neighbours had a male Black Redstart in his garden early morning but it had moved on by the time I got there early afternoon.
Northcommon Farm: 2 Kestrels, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Med. Gulls amongst the 428 Black-headed Gulls but generally very quiet.
Horse Paddocks, Warner Lane: Large numbers of Blackbirds and 2 Mistle Thrushes yanking out of the ground massive worms, 1 calling Cetti's Warbler and that was about it.
Drift Lane Marsh: 2 Snipe were just about visible, one moved along and started bobbing but it was a bit feeble and didn't last long. (SR)