Selsey Bill (0815-1030hrs): There was a good westward movement early on, including a Bonxie, 7 Red-throated Divers, 92 Kittiwakes and 55 Gannets, but as the wind went round more westerly the Gannets and Kittiwakes started moving east again. Full log below.(AH/BI/JA)
Common Scoter - 7W
Red-breasted Merganser - 2W
Great Skua - 1W (0905)
Kittiwake - 16E, 92W
Mediterranean Gull - 5W, 5os
Common Gull 3W, 2os
auk sp - 12E, 16W
Church Norton: A Firecrest and two Chiffchaffs were in with about a dozen Goldcrests feeding in the sedge in front of the hide this morning. There were a couple of Jays and Green Woodpeckers in the churchyard, but there were not too many other small birds about.
Two Goldeneye flew around the harbour before retreating east, and there were plenty of Brent Geese, Wigeon and roosting commoner waders on the high tide.
Also, they have finished relaying the car-park, which looks a very great improvement on the previous 'ploughed field' finish! (AH)
Ferry Pool: There were two Avocets, 12 Black-tailed Godwits and 20 Redshank among 10+ roosting Lapwing, and there were 60 Shoveler on the water, and 22 Shelduck and 50+ Wigeon and Teal along the edges. (AH)
Sidlesham - St Mary's churchyard: Two Redwings, a Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush and about 30 very flighty Blackbirds were around the churchyard today, mainly feeding on the large Ilex tree. (BI)
Thursday, 26th November: Another mild day, with a light north-westerly breeze and the odd bit of sunshine....
Selsey Bill (0815-0930hrs): (SR/PC/AH)
East side: There were four Great Northern Divers and a single Red-throated Diver offshore, along with 12 Common Scoter and two Guillemots, whilst along the rock groynes there was a Black Redstart and two Stonechats. (BFF)
Ham Farm to Chainbridge - One Corn Bunting was present along the banks this morning, along with 20+ Skylarks and Meadow Pipits, whilst there was a pair of Stonechats near the farm and another near the Chainbridge, and several hundred Pied Wagtails on a recently ploughed field.
Wednesday, 25th November: A reasonably mild and largely dry day, mainly cloudy but with some hints of the sun and a light-moderate NW wind....
Goldfinch - 21W
East Beach Pond: While the locals were marvelling over the Mute Swans a highly vocal Green Woodpecker flew in and then out again. Another patch tick for me, this is a rare bird for East Beach. (SR)
Chalder and Marsh Farms: There were 2 Grey Wagtails, a Green Sandpiper (in wet area next to the muck heaps), c30 Curlews including our friend 'milky', 3 Chiffchaffs, 12 Long-tailed Tits, c20 Chaffinches, c40 Pied Wagtails, c20 Goldfinches, another Jay, an impressive flock of c200 Starlings and a Brown Hare around the farms. (SR)
Pagham Spit/Lagoon: This morning there was, as well as a handful of our usual Dark-bellied Brent Geese, Wigeons, Teal, 1000 Dunlin and some other waders, most interestingly, a close-knit family of five Pale-bellied Brent Geese on the massive high tide in the Lagoon-corner of Pagham Harbour. The Pale-bellied Brent Geese kept close as a family - both parents and three juveniles - to begin with swim-feeding, but getting out sometimes along the tideline, then back in the water, fairly unfazed by passers-by.
There were three Goldeneye on Pagham Lagoon, two males and a redhead, presumed female. (ARK per SOS)