Selsey Bill (0800-1000hrs): (Obs: C&ME/OM/SR/AH/PC/RJS) Not the easiest of conditions for a sea-watch this morning; the strong (and chilly!) SSW wind was straight in our faces with little option of shelter, whilst a big swell on the sea made it hard to track anything moving. Even so, there was just enough to keep the interest, and most notable were the several large flocks of waders - apparently all Dunlin and Grey Plover - going west near high tide. Otherwise, a flock of Red-throated Divers and a few Gannets went west and the Eider and at least three Great Northern Divers were offshore. Full log below....
Red-throated Diver - 8W
Great Northern Diver - 3os
Diver sp - 1E, 1W
Gannet - 2E, 35W
Brent Goose - 3E, 2W
Eider - 1os
Common Scoter - 3W, 2os
Red-breasted Merganser - 17W
Wigeon - 3W
Dunlin - 650W
Grey Plover - 120W
Guillemot - 1W
Auk sp - 1E, 2W
Kittiwake - 22W
Mediterranean Gull - 2W
There were a couple of Chiffchaffs and a few Goldcrests around the mound area, along with 50+ Goldfinches and a Great Spotted Woodpecker, whilst a Green Woodpecker and a few Greenfinches were along the beach. (AH/RJS)
Ferry Pool: There were 125 Black-tailed Godwits on the pool and the field this morning, along with a couple of Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 200+ Lapwing, 85 Shelduck, six Avocets and the usual Wigeon, Teal and Shoveler, and around 80 Golden Plover flew over from the harbour, but didn't settle and retreated. (AH) Later, At 13.00hrs the Ferry channel held a Spotted Redshank, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Great Crested Grebe and 2 Gadwall, plus Teal, Mallard, Redshank and Curlew. In the Ferry field were about 75 Golden Plover and 60 Black-tailed Godwits with the usual Shelduck and wildfowl (PH).
One of the Black Brants, to the north of Chichester Marina (fields off Salterns Way) (BFF/DM)
Wednesday, 9th December: A lovely, sunny morning with less breeze than of late......and rather more chilly too!
Red-throated Diver - 2E
Razorbill - 1E, 2W
Mediterranean Gull - 10W
Meadow Pipit - 10N from sea
North Wall: A lot of Brent Goose activity this morning but they were fidgety and hard to accurately count. There were 1800 on the Church Farm golf course early on, 700 on Owl Water, 300 up towards Marsh Farm and odd groups dotted around - well on the way to 3000, I reckon.
A Great Crested Grebe was on White's Creek, but the Breech Pool was very full and only held a few Teal and Mallards, 3 Mute Swans and 2 Common Snipe, whilst a Yellowhammer was along the Wall.
In the field behind the Pool were 60 Wigeon, 36 Canada Geese and a Greylag, plus 2 Roe Deer. All 3 Honer Fields held Curlew and they totaled 170. Otherwise very quiet in the fields but it was nice to see the sun! (JDW)
Ferry Pool: At least 300 Lapwing were around the pool, plus 20 Black-tailed Godwits and the usual Shoveler and Teal numbers. (AH)
Long Pool: A Fieldfare was along pool this morning, plus several Song Thrushes and Reed Buntings, and a Shoveler on the water. Not much was in the channel beyond good numbers of Redshank and Teal. (AH)
Birdham Pool/Chichester Marina: No sign of the Mandarins on the Pool this morning - just lots of Mallards, a dozen or more Little Grebes and a fleeting Kingfisher. There was very little off the Marina on the high tide - just a handful of Red-breasted Mergansers and Little Grebes and lots of Brent Geese. (AH)
West Itchenor: It was quiet here, bar plenty of Brent Geese and a few Curlews, though there were a pair of Mistle Thrushes along the path, plus a couple of Jays in the wood, and around 50 Black-tailed Godwits flew over. (AH)
Tuesday, 8th December: Yet another mild, windy morning, gloomy to start, but brightening as the day progressed.............
Selsey Bill: A Bonxie went west, the Eider was still offshore and a few Great Crested Grebes and Red-breasted Mergansers moving was about it this morning. Full log below....
(0800-1000hrs): SSW5, mainly dry with the odd shower (Obs: OM/DS/DF/JD/BFF/DIS)
Red-throated Diver - 4W
Great Northern Diver - 1os
Diver sp - 1W
Great Crested Grebe - 7W
Gannet - 1E, 23W
Brent Goose - 1E
Eider - 1W then os
Ferry Pool: At least a hundred Lapwing and 30 Black-tailed Godwits were on the pool at high tide, but just one Avocet, and fewer wildfowl, too, though there were still 60+ Shoveler. (AH)
Church Norton: A Firecrest was along the footpath from the car-park this morning, and two Peregrines were out upsetting the waders, including 200+ Golden Plover and 1000+ Lapwing up over the far side. Not much else about, though there was a Goldeneye and a couple of Red-breasted Mergansers on the water. (OM/BFF/DIS)
Pagham Lagoon/Spit: The Great Northern Diver was still in the harbour, viewable from the spit hide, and there were a few Red-breasted Mergansers and Great Crested Grebes in the vicinity as well, and some big roosts of Dunlin, Knot and Grey Plover. A female Goldeneye and six Little Grebes were on the spit lagoon and there were a handful of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits about.
On the Lagoon there was just another female Goldeneye, twenty Little Grebes and similar of Tufted Duck of note. (AH)
North Wall: Not much to report - a big flock of Brent Geese and Wigeon on White's Creek, but just a couple of dozen Wigeon and Teal on the Breech Pool and 50 or so Curlews with a dozen Black-tailed Godwits in the field behind. (AH/IB)
Birdham Pool: There was another surprise today when four Mandarin Ducks were located here (two pairs). This is a scarce species on the peninsula and anyone attending to see them should be advised that the footpath beside the pool is wet and muddy (wellies recommended) and the birds can easily be overlooked as they are tucked away under the tree roots on the far side of the pool. Also seen were a Water Rail, 40 Mallard and 10+ Little Grebes (OM/BFF/DIS)
Monday, 7th December: Cloudy and rainy for the first part of the morning, giving way to drier conditions and some brightness, with the promise of sunny spells later. Still very mild, with a fresh onshore breeze SSW4....
Ferry Pool: There were three Snipe and nine Avocets present early on, plus a couple of Black-tailed Godwits, 50+ Lapwings and the usual Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler and Shelduck numbers, whilst a Kingfisher shot over the road and up the rife. (AH)
Long Pool: A Short-eared Owl came up from the harbour-side bank and flew off to resettle near the creek along the Tramway. Not much along the pool, but in Ferry Channel there were five Gadwall, and at the far end around 17 roosting Avocets. (AH)
North Wall: The family of five Pale-bellied Brent Geese were in White's Creek, along with a Spotted Redshank this afternoon. (IB)