A quick note from our score-keeper (IP) tells us that the total number of species seen at the halfway point of the year (ie until the end of June) is 196 - ahead of last year, but the count hasn't improved since!
Ferry Pool: There were two Common Sandpipers, the adult and juvenile Avocet, two Little Ringed Plovers, a single Black-tailed Godwit, the adult and six juvenile Shelduck and eight Teal present this morning. (AH)
Ferry Channel: The very 'spotted' moulting Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank were present again early on, plus at least five Common Sandpipers and c75 Redshank. (AH)
Church Norton: The usual noisy gathering of Sandwich, Little and Common Terns were still in the harbour and offshore, but not much else of note beyond half a dozen Mediterranean Gulls and Whimbrel on the mud, a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the churchyard, a few Linnets by the first Several and 60+ Curlews on the beach. (AH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane area - A quick look around the hedges failed to find any evidence of migration, though there were a couple of families of Whitethroats and a couple of singing Yellowhammers. (AH)
Sidlesham: Our garden still has two singing Chiffchaffs - one either side of the house, and around 30 Swifts went over this morning, with similar of Swallows about. (AH)
Ferry Pool: Just two Common Sandpipers, two Avocets, six juvenile Shelducks and eight Teal on the pool this morning. (AH)
Nearby, excitement at the Visitor centre when a Latin Moth was trapped overnight - a rare immigrant into the country (IL)
Wednesday, 20th July: A much greyer start, with a fresh breeze, muggy but cooler, though due to be hot and sunny again later....
Common Scoter - 1E
Mediterranean Gull - 1W
Little Tern - 2os
Sandwich Tern - 5E, 6W
Common Tern - 2os
House Martin - 3p
Sidlesham: A Whimbrel went west over our house, calling loudly, just before dusk this evening. (AH)