A bit of a turnout from the more mature section of the Selsey faithful this morning, with the appearance of former regular (and now Welsh resident) Mervyn Jones, who graced us with a short visit and achieved almost celebrity status as folks arrived to say hello. It turned into a pleasant day, with some nice birds seen and plenty of banter from old friends...
Mature glamour line-up outside the Visitor centre this morning with some of the old friends who paid a visit.... left to right are: Chris Janman, Eric Soden, Mervyn Jones, Bernie Forbes, Dorian Mason, Mick Locke and John Faithfull. The camera never lies gentlemen!
Church Norton: Offshore there were 2 Great Northern Divers and 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, whilst in the harbour 2 Goldeneye were in the main channel and 2 Peregrines on Tern Island. The Peregrines made a couple of sorties, scattering everything and revealing masses of Dunlin on the far side and several hundred Brent Geese. There was no sign of the Whimbrel, but 'milky' the leucistic Curlew appeared to pay his respects! (BFF/DM/OM/MJ/ ES/CRJ /JF/ML/C&ME = many obs!)
North Wall: Nothing but a Shelduck and two Little Grebes on the Breech Pool and 80 Curlews in the fields, but there were a lot of birds in the harbour. Conservative estimates of the species present would include 2500-3000 Brent Geese early on, on the dropping tide, along with 2000 Lapwing, 1000 Dunlin, 250 Knot, 100+ Grey Plover, 200 Golden Plover, 30 Pintail, 60 Shelduck, 100 Teal and 300 Wigeon, plus 80 Black-tailed Godwits flew over north. (AH)
Pagham Lagoon: There were five Goldeneye (including two drakes) and four Red-breasted Mergansers (including one drake) on the Lagoon this morning, along with 30 Tufted Duck and a dozen Little Grebes. (AH)
Pagham Spit: There were four Linnets, a few Skylarks and c30 Greenfinch on the spit itself, whilst in the harbour there were a couple of Red-breasted Mergansers and a Peregrine put up many of the numerous waders present. There were also 25 Mediterranean Gulls at the harbour mouth. (AH)
Medmerry: Easton Viewpoint - A flock of 28+ Fieldfares, with a Redwing and two Song Thrushes among them, were on the stubble field near the Poplars. Among other birds seen were two Yellowhammers, a Kestrel, 24 Gadwall marching down to the water, three Curlews, c75 Lapwings, c30 Redshank and plenty of Teal and singing Skylarks, though strangely I didn't see any Stonechats. (SR)
There were four Stonechats on path and a Spoonbill was feeding on the opposite side of the path to the Stilt Pool, close to the shingle bank. (Tim Roe)
Wednesday, 17th February: A pretty typical day for the time of year - cold, grey and with a brisk breeze, this time from the south.......
Northcommon Farm: Nothing of note save a Buzzard sat out in a field. (AH)
Chichester Marina: The flooded marsh was partially frozen this morning, so nothing was on the pool, but the reedbeds and meadows held at least 80 Snipe - and doubtless there were more in the inaccessible areas. There were also 60 Teal, 2 calling Water Rails, a Kingfisher on a quick fly-by, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 displaying Buzzards, 3 Grey Herons and 2 Jays.