Selsey Bill: Most surprising this morning were two different singing Reed Warblers - one in the gardens and one in the trees on the Oval Field, with the distinct possibility of another (third) bird nearby, though there were no other indications of migration.
Offshore a single Brent Goose went east, five Whimbrel went west and a few Swifts came in over the sea, whilst 200 Gannets moved east and a few Little, Common and Sandwich Terns were feeding close in. Full log below.....
0700-1145hrs: (Obs: C&ME/SR/OM/AH)
Ferry Pool: Two Avocets, four Redshank and six Shelduck were on the pool this morning. (AH)
There were still half a dozen or more Little and Common Terns busy around the island, but landbirds were few, though a couple of Skylarks, a Meadow Pipit and a few Linnets were along the west side, plus a couple of sparsely singing Chiffchaffs and Whitethroats, and a dozen Swifts went over northwards. (AH)
Thursday, 2nd June: Still unseasonably cool with a stiff northerly and cloud, but dry with a hint of brighter conditions later.....
Gannet - 63E, 15W
LittleTern - 4os
auk sp - 11W
With the last day of the spring sea-watching now over, this year's Pom King can now be declared.... and as anticipated it is John Faithfull (from Hants), with a winning score of 61 birds. John has been a stalwart of spring at the Bill for about the last thirty years, but despite coming moderately close a couple of times, has never really been anywhere near challenging for the title (not aided by his social activities at his local hostelry or his birthdate of 1st May!) What has changed this year is the fact he has now retired and so was able to put in some long shifts on good Pom days - though remarkably he missed the first ten birds on 21st April, including the splendid flock of nine. So, a worthy winner and long overdue - well done John.
(John becomes the 12th different title holder since the competition was founded in 1979).
Gannet - 66E, 14W
Manx Shearwater - 3W
Mallard - 3 locals os/area
Razorbill - 1E, 7W
auk sp - 2W
Red-legged Partridge - 1 gardens
Little Tern - 5os
Common Tern - 3os
Sandwich Tern - 12os
Kittiwake - 2E
Park Farm, Selsey: A Hobby went over this evening. (SH)