One of the interesting aspects of editing this little blog is the ability to track the number of page hits and their country of origin. There seems to have been an notable upsurge of interest lately - despite this being one of the quieter times of the year bird-wise - with a surprising list of countries involved in visiting our site. Analysis shows a great deal of interest from Russia in particular, plus several other European countries to a much lesser degree, so whether this is as a result of a sudden interest in the birds of south-west Sussex - or perhaps a remote machine with a more sinister objective - I cannot be sure, but either way the spam filters seem to be holding out! For the record, apart from the major UK and Russian site visitors, the other countries mainly involved (to a much lesser degree) are the USA, Germany, South Korea, France, Ukraine, Bulgaria, China and Canada. The cynic in me strongly suspects not all site visitors from these countries are genuinely interested in the birds of the Selsey Peninsula - but to those that are, we extend a warm welcome! (OM)
Ferry Pool/Ferry Channel: This morning there was a Green Sandpiper and six Common Sandpipers on the pool, along with three Avocets, four Lapwings, nine Teal and now 25 juvenile Shelduck with their solitary adult attendant.
There two more Common Sandpipers in Ferry Channel, plus around 30 Redshank. (AH)
North Wall: The Breech Pool was the most interesting it has been for a long time, now that the water has dropped a bit, with a good selection of waders present, including three Ruff (or Reeves!), three Green Sandpipers, two Common Sandpipers, three Spotted Redshank, seven Greenshank, nine Dunlin, 18 Lapwing, 25 Redshank and 44 Black-tailed Godwits.
Also a Water Rail appeared at the back, four Common Terns dropped in, there was plenty of juvenile Reed Warbler activity and a Sparrowhawk, four Sand Martins and 20+ Swallows went over. (AH)
Also there were three Whinchats in the fields behind the Breech Pool later on. (ARK per SOS)
East Side: By contrast White's Creek and the harbour were quiet, with just a Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank and c80 Redshank in the former, and six Whimbrel, c50 Curlew and a few scattered Dunlin being the only birds of note in the latter. Also, there was a family party of Jays in Church Lane. (AH)
Selsey Bill: (1700-1900hrs) (SH)
Dunlin - 40W (in one flock)
Mediterranean Gull - 245W
Sandwich Tern - 2E, 28W
Common Tern - 52W
Wednesday, 27th July: A grey, damp and blustery start with a brisk WSW wind and light drizzly rain....due to brighten later to give sunny spells, cloud and then some showers; in short a typically varied English summer day!
Church Norton: There were still masses of terns this morning, gradually heading out to sea as the tide dropped. There appeared to be even more Little Terns than of late - the best estimate was a minimum of 65, with 40 or more going up in the same flock a couple of times, and there were at least 300 Common and 150 Sandwich Terns present as well.
In the harbour there were at least six Whimbrel and c30 Dunlin, whilst along the beach there were c20 Turnstone and a few more Dunlin, plus at least 100 Mediterranean Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull. (AH)
This evening all the terns were still about, plus a Common Sandpiper in the harbour, a dozen Gannets offshore and c200 Mediterranean Gulls on the spit at the far western end of the reserve. (AH)
Tuesday, 26th July: Another pleasant day, if a little cooler in the westerly breeze with a mix of sunshine and cloud.....
Gannet - 4E, 3W, 10 os
Turnstone - 1E
Sandwich Tern - 20 os
Mediterranean Gulls - c.60 os
Swift - 6p
House Martin - 4p (local breeders)
Sand Martin - a flock of c.20 moved quickly through E
This evening there were four Green Sandpipers together before they flew off. (AH)