Ferry Pool: The Black-winged Stilt re-appeared this morning but had gone missing again later on. Also a Yellow Wagtail and a Wheatear were present at the back, two Whimbrel and c150 Black-tailed Godwits were on the field and a Cuckoo and a Blackcap were towards the visitor centre. (AH/AB/IP/PH et al) Later a Little Ringed Plover (MP).
Medmerry: Easton Lane west - Early this morning there were a pair of Grey Partridges by the poplars, and a Cuckoo was also seen calling from the top of one of them. A Corn Bunting was opposite the Marsh Barn pools, with a Wheatear nearby, and there were a few Whitethroats about. There were 22 Avocets on the Stilt Pools but no sign of any Stilts! Also, there were three Hares in the field. (PLS)
Later on there was also a Short-eared Owl hunting along the banks by the Stilt Pool and one or two Blackcaps and Willow Warblers about. (A&YF) Also a Redstart and 2 Whinchats from Easton viewpoint (per PH).
A Hobby was in the fields at the end of Golf Links Lane this morning. (MP)
Tuesday, 14th April: Dry with sunshine but with thick fog hampering things.... then came news of a Hoopoe on the far side (of course!) of the Medmerry reserve (PLS)...though by 0930 it could not be re-located....
The Hoopoe was calling at 1427 for about three minutes, and also a Cuckoo called twice there at this time, but we never saw either!! (AB/CRJ)
Walking from Easton Lane down the west side to the beach proved to be productive....4 Yellowhammers, 4 Corn Buntings,10 Common Buzzard, a calling Green Sandpiper and a singing Common Whitethroat. On the stilt pools were 2 pairs of Little Ringed Plover and 7 pairs of Avocet. Hunting around the rough grassland along west edge of the pools a delightful Short-eared Owl sat up a couple of times on fence posts and 3 Spoonbills were roosting amongst a group of 10 Little Egret out in the salt marsh, although not easy to pick out in the heat haze! On the walk back we found a Little Owl sitting on the roof of the barn at Marsh Farm and 2 Common Redstarts in the hedgerows (BFF/C.Messer).
Later on a Barn Owl was hunting along the banks, there were three Wheatears present and numbers had risen to 19 Avocets and six Little Ringed Plovers on the Stilt pool. (SH/SaH/IP))
There was a handsome male Pied Flycatcher this morning, along the footpath towards the Ferry at the back of Selsey Golf Club. Presumably this was one of the birds from yesterday. (JW)
A Short-eared Owl showed very well along the West side this afternoon, and the Spotted Redshank was in Ferry Channel. (AB)
Church Norton; 2 Little Terns resting in the harbour, a calling Whimbrel and 2 Mediterranean Gulls were the highlights. On the first Several 3 Sedge Warblers belting out their song (BFF/C. Messer)
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 8E, 5W
Brent Goose - 1E
Shelduck - 3 beach/gardens
Red-breasted Merganser - 1E
Common Scoter - 26E
Gadwall - 2W
Common Sandpiper - 1E
Common Tern - 1E
Sandwich Tern - 13E
Swallow - 7N
Wheatear - 5ob, 3N
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 gardens
Blackcap - 3 gardens
Chiffchaff - 3 gardens
All four Pied Flycatchers and at least half a dozen Redstarts were still present early evening. (AH et al)
The lure of a Pied Flycatcher leads you where you shouldn't go! (CRJ)
North Wall: A Blackcap and 2 Stock Doves in my Pagham garden and another Blackcap along Church Lane. A Whinchat was on the back fence of the horse field at Welbourne and 3 Swallows in and out of the stables. Very little on the Breech Pool - a few Mallard and single pairs of Gadwall, Teal and Canada Geese. A Willow Warbler was along the Wall and Chiffchaffs were calling at several locations; however a succession of sea frets made viewing difficult. Blackthorn coming into flower was one of the highlights (JDW).