Ham Viewpoint: Two very distant Spoonbills, c500 Brent flew up toward Bracklesham, a Chiffchaff in the new gorse bushes behind the bench, and the Southern Pochard was in the long pool (SR).
Early Primroses, Greenshank (lower bird) with Grey Plover and drake Pintail (with Wigeon) (OM).
The Camouflage Kid marching out across the mud, and (below) base camp at the water's edge... note the sudden distinct lack of birds! (OM).
As we start the second month of the year with the daylight hours beginning to extend noticeably, a quick check of the Peninsula yearlist gives a non-too-scientific count of 133 species for January (subject to later scrutiny; this includes for example the unconfirmed report of about 15 Snow Buntings at East Head, but not the Black Brant which is not a full BOU species). (OM).
Just a quick mention for OM, who yesterday won the 'Stonechat award' at the SOS conference for his many years of service (I won't say how many!), including, among other things, a stint as Recorder, three spells on the Records Committee, leading many groups and several years of proof-reading and helping with the SOS report. Well done, mate! (AH)
Selsey Bill: (0730-1000) There were a lot of auks moving, both east and west, and
those that were identifiable were nearly all Razorbills, around 25 Gannets were feeding around the Mile Basket, and there was a modest movement (both east and west) of Kittiwakes, Red-throated and Great Northern Divers and Red-breasted Mergansers. Full log later. (SH/JA/IP/PB/AB/AH/SR)
Great Northern Diver - 7os
Red-throated Diver - 12W, 2E
Slavonian Grebe - 1W
Great Crested Grebe - 1W
Gannet - 81W, 11E, 25 os
Fulmar - 2W
Brent Goose - 14W, 9E
Mallard - 1W
Common Scoter - 16W
Eider - 1os
Red-breasted Merganser -4W, 2E, 12os
Kittiwake - 51W, 23E
Razorbill - 2W, 3os
auk spp - 432W, 31E