Medmerry: West Sands to the breach - I walked from the windmill to the breach, hoping to unearth a Black Redstart, but there was not a lot of anything, really. A Stonechat on the go-kart track, and Sandwich Tern going east offshore were the highlights, but otherwise there were just the usual collection of Grey Plover, Lapwing and Dunlin on the pools, 2-300 Brent Geese went over, and single Skylark and Meadow Pipit by the viewpoint, plus three Lesser Black-backs amongst the gulls on the beach.
They were busy this morning, preparing the rough ground/rubble piles area for yet more caravans, and putting more rocks along the front as the sea is already starting to eat into the beach. (AH)
At Chainbridge banks a Short-eared owl was present at 1030hrs (PH), and again at 1550hrs (GJT).
Apart from a Snipe there were no waders on the very high Breach Pool, though there were a few Teal, Mallard, Tufted and Canada Geese present. Across the fields almost every stretch of open water was frequented by Wigeon and Curlew. No big flocks but I had totals of 130 Curlew and 400 Wigeon. Two Greylag Geese were with 40 Canadas near Halseys Farm. A Cetti's Warbler was calling at Bremere bridge. Along the Wall a Green Woodpecker was having a hard time from 3 Magpies who then turned their attentions to a passing Buzzard. But where have all the Black-tailed Godwits gone?. (JDW)
Further news on the Dusky Warbler, too. M&KG reported hearing it continuously in a bush yesterday in its usual area, but unfortunately it never once showed itself. Today is probably not the day to try and relocate it, but the chances are that it is still in the vicinity of its original sighting.
Red-breasted Merganser - 2os
Selsey Bill: (0730-0930hrs) (Obs: SH/SR/PB/IP/CN)
Great Northern Diver - 3os
Black-throated Diver - 1W
Red-throated Diver - 4E, 4os
diver spp - 2E
Slavonian Grebe - 1W
Great Crested Grebe - 4W, 1os
Gannet - 10E
Brent Goose - 1E
Shelduck - 4W
Common Scoter - 5E
Red-breasted Merganser - 3W, 5os
Sanderling - 1ob
Kittiwake - 2W, 1E
Sandwich Tern - 3os
auk spp - 5E
In the harbour, as the tide rose, the Spoonbill was feeding in the channel beside the spit, there were 4 Goldeneye feeding by the mouth (2 drakes, 1 sub-adult drake and a female) plus another pair of Red-breasted Mergansers. Along the spit there was a male Stonechat with another pair in the bushes opposite the 1st Several. (IP/CN)
Chichester GPs: The female Red-crested Pochard was on Triangle Lake, where there was also a Kingfisher and a Water Rail.
Selsey Bill: (0740-1000hrs) (Obs: SH/SR)
Great Northern Diver - 5os
Red-throated Diver - 1W, 2os
Slavonian Grebe - 1os
Great Crested Grebe - 2W, 1os
Brent Goose - 6W, 8E
Red-breasted Merganser - 9W, 1E, 8os
Kittiwake - 18W
There was a Chiffchaff at East Beach Pond this afternoon. (SH)
Church Norton: There were six Slavonian Grebes together offshore this morning, whilst in the harbour the Spoonbill was back on Tern Island on the rising tide, and there were a dozen Red-breasted Mergansers, a sub-adult male Goldeneye, two Little Grebes and a drake Pintail on the water.