My thanks go to AH for keeping the blog running during my 3-day sojourn to Norfolk. During this time three of the regulars have put their heads above the parapet and forwarded their Peninsula and Selsey Bill list totals to me, following my comments on an earlier blog. If anyone else would like to be included please forward details.... though I should again clarify that only officially accepted records should be used. Yes I know it was an injustice that the Blue Rock Thrush was rejected and the Surf Scoter was also a valid shout, and observers are free to add what they like to their personal lists, but as neither was officially accepted they won't be included here in the published totals - sorry. Finally, I should add that it is not a competition - I just thought it might be a bit of fun to publish observers' list totals for general interest; it will be done entirely on trust and I'd anticipate those of us who have watched here longest (especially during the 'Pontins years') will have the largest list totals - we shall see - but meanwhile I await any further responses (OM).
Selsey Bill: I gave it half an hour, and literally the only birds past were seven Brent Geese that came from over the houses and disappeared west over the Bill House behind me. I gave up at that point!
Church Norton: Unsurprisingly, not much doing, though the strong westerly often brings some of the birds over to the west side of the harbour - and, as a case in point, there were four Pintail with the Wigeon and Teal in front of the hide. Otherwise, there were half a dozen Black-tailed Godwits and 100 Knot on the mud, along with 50+ Grey Plovers and Curlews and many hundreds of Dunlin. There were a few Goldcrests, Goldfinches and Greenfinches at the bottom of the path, but not much else. (AH)
Medmerry: There were two (ringed) Spoonbills on the Stilt Pool this morning at 9.30, and a Raven went over Marsh Barn. (PS)
Chainbridge Field - Late this afternoon the Barn Owl was showing extremely well, and there was a single Short-eared Owl present as well. (PS)
North Wall: The Church Lane Little Owl was in view until it retreated in the face of 7 Magpies. A Spotted Redshank and a Little Grebe were in Whites Creek along with a few Redshank and Black-tailed Godwits. The main occupants of the Creek were Wigeon and Teal, and 700 Lapwing were roosting nearby. Very little activity on Breach Pool, just small numbers of Mallard, Teal and Wigeon, the latter were regularly coming in for a wash and brush up.
Selsey Bill: Between 8-8.30am, nothing moved bar four Red-breasted Mergansers east and a Mediterranean Gull west, though there were a pair of the former on the sea along with three Great Northern Divers. (AH)
Medmerry: There was a Firecrest in the hedges along Ham Lane this morning, and the three Spoonbills were viewable from the Ham Viewpoint later on.(PH)
Chainbridge Field: There vwere three short-eared Owls present this afternoon between 3.30 and 4.00pm, and a possible Jack Snipe was flushed nearby. (CRJ)