Selsey Bill: Not much on the move again this morning, though there were two Brent Geese and a steady trickle of Gannets east, and one or two Fulmars were doing circuits around the wall. Full log below. (SH/AH/IP)
Fulmar - 4E (after sitting on sea together before flying off), 2os then W
Gannet - 54E, 1W
Brent Goose - 2E
Mediterranean Gull - 1E
Sandwich Tern - 20os
Common Tern - 3E, 3os
Swift - 3p
Meadow Pipit - 1N
Swallow - 2N, 1p
House Martin - 15p
Church Norton: There were at least 10 each of Common and Little Tern around Tern Island and offshore, along with a Gannet offshore, and around the Bluebell wood there were 20+ Long-tailed Tits, including lots of newly fledged youngsters, and there were also three Blackcaps and four Chiffchaffs present.
There was also the odd and grisly sight of a long-dead Gannet in the hedge between the Severals. (S&SaH)
Long Pool: There was a second brood of five Gadwall on the pool this morning, with yesterday's family present as well, along with the first two Little Grebe chicks and two families of Coots. The reeds were quieter this morning in the breeze, though a Yellowhammer was on the newly-cropped fields again, and a Whimbrel was calling out in the harbour beyond Ferry Channel. (AH)
Medmerry (west): Fairly quiet along the paths to the Stilt Pool, though several Yellowhammers, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits were about, plus a couple of Reed Buntings and a Whitethroat.
On the pool itself there were between 20 and 30 young Avocets, a family of Shelduck, several Little Ringed Plovers and Lapwing, a pair of Redshank and a single Gadwall. (AH)
Friday, 27th May: Cloudy with sunny periods and a moderate E/NE wind, with the risk of a shower later.....
Selsey Bill: Nothing was moving in a reasonably brief look first thing, though at least 20 House Martins were gathering mud from the puddles. (AH)
Ferry Pool: This afternoon there were six Avocets, a single Black-tailed Godwit, two Redshank and four Shelduck present. (AH)
Church Norton: A look along the beach this morning produced five surprisingly late Red-breasted Mergansers, which appeared from the east and landed briefly on the sea before continuing on their way west, along with a Bar-tailed Godwit and a few Ringed Plovers, plus a couple of Sandwich and Little Terns. A few Linnets and Skylarks were along the spit but otherwise it was quiet.
Encouragingly, there were four Lapwings on the lettuce field along Rectory Lane, along with two young chicks. (AH)
This evening there were three Cuckoos present, that all flew off over the harbour to Pagham Spit (as a one and a two), and on the mud were a Curlew, three Sanderling, 35 Dunlin and six Ringed Plovers, whilst at least six Little Terns and one or two Sandwich Terns were also present,. (AH/TC)
Thursday, 26th May: A dry and bright late spring day with sunshine, some cloud and a moderate easterly breeze.....sounds interesting at least.....
Gadwall - 4E
Common Scoter - 15E
Whimbrel - 5W
Common Tern - 2E, 15os
Little Tern - 7os
Sandwich Tern - 17os
Swallow - 5N