Ferry Pool: There were three Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper around the pool this morning, along with a Redshank, five Black-tailed Godwits and four Shelduck. (AH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - The Barn Owl was out hunting again early this morning and the Little Owl was sitting out at Marsh Farm, and there was a notable influx of 200 or so Sand Martins, with a few Swallows among them, sitting along the fences and feeding over the fields and pools.
Two Green Sandpipers were by the second sluice, two Avocets (the only ones I saw all morning) were on the mud by the poplars and there were a few Lapwings about, including the pair with a chick near Marsh Farm. On the Stilt Pool there were at least four Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper, and there was a female Gadwall with eight very small ducklings, whilst out on the reserve there were a pair of Redshank and a family of half a dozen Shelduck.
There were plenty of Stock Doves, Skylarks, Linnets, Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings and Meadow Pipits along the way, as well as several families of Whitethroats and Reed Warblers. (AH)
A little later I visited Medmerry from Easton Lane car park. At the first sluice a pair of Moorhen with two new chicks, a juvenile Grey Heron, and by the Poplars four adult and two young Avocets, with Reed Warbler and Whitethroat singing.
I only got as far as the first viewing site and then turned back as the constant moving of tractors and agricultural machinery along the main track, some at high speed creating dust storms, made the walk a nightmare, if anyone is thinking of going over there I would give it a couple of days to let the dust settle. (CRJ)
This evening there were at least a dozen Little Terns and 20 Common Terns around the island, and half a dozrn Sandwich Terns on the mud, including the afore-mentioned juvenile, nine Dunlin, 20 Curlews and a few Ringed Plovers, plus two Mediterranean Gulls and 15 Little Egrets on the beach. (AH)
Selsey, Park farm area: At least 3 Green Woodpeckers this evening, but hirundine numbers were well down with just a dozen Swallows and 6 House Martins, all local birds. (SH)
Selsey Bill (1710-1810hrs): (Obs: SH)
Gannet - 5E, 4W
Little Tern - 6os
Common Tern - 2E, 6W, 8os
Sandwich Tern - 2E, 7W
Mediterranean Gull - 1E, 1W
Sand Martin, 1S, 5p
Swallow - 1p
Park Farm, Selsey: This evening there were around 40 Sand Martins and Swallows over the fields, and two Sparrowhawks and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were in the vicinity. (S&SaH)
Ferry Pool: Still a bit of variety this morning - though not all the birds were present at the same time - including a Little Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper, four Redshank, an Avocet, 24 Black-tailed Godwits, four Teal and eight Shelduck, plus a Jay in the willows by the road. (AH)
Selsey Bill (0730-0915hrs): (Obs: OM) Another quiet one, with a few Common Scoter, Gannets and terns being about it, though four Gadwall were unusual for the time of year. Full log below.....
Grey Heron - 1W, far out, mobbed by gulls
Common Scoter - 3E, 12W
Gadwall - 4W
Oystercatcher - 2W
Common Tern - 10os
Sandwich Tern - 7W
Mediterranean Gull - 2W
House Martin - 5 (nesting locally)
Swift - 2 p
Ferry Pool: Birds seemed to come and go all morning, but there were a maximum of 17 Black-tailed Godwits, two Green Sandpipers, a Little Ringed Plover, an Avocet, two Teal, six Redshank and eight Shelduck at various times. (OM/TG-P/AH)
The Black-tailed Godwit count had risen to 39 this evening. (AH)
Sidlesham: There was a family of freshly-fledged Goldcrests in our garden this morning. (AH)