Sandwich Tern - 1E, 2W
auk sp - 1W
Gannet - 15E, 26W
Oystercatcher - 3E
Whimbrel - 3W
Little Tern - 4W, 5os
Common Tern - 10os
Sandwich Tern - 2E, 5W
House Martin - 4 p (local breeders)
Manx Shearwater - 1W
Gannet - 8E, 20W
Whimbrel - 2W
Arctic Skua - 1E (d/p)
Common Tern - 1E, 9W, 3os
Sandwich Tern - 8W
Little Tern - 2E
Swift - 1W
Sand Martin - 5W
Grey Seal (female) - 1os
Long Pool: There were two Sedge Warblers and several Reed Warblers singing early on, and several families of Whitethroat about, whilst there were around eight young Gadwall and the two great Crested Grebe young on the pool. There were also about 80 Redshank and a dozen Curlew in Ferry Channel, plus a couple of Lapwings and a few Swifts over. (AH)
Church Norton: Continuing the run of recent 'chat records, a female Whinchat - a different bird to last week's one - was on the first Several this morning, along with a Whitethroat and a couple of Linnets, with two Buzzards over.
The juvenile Sandwich Tern was in the harbour along with half a dozen adults and plenty of Little and Common Terns going to and from Tern Island, and there were quite a few juvenile Black-headed Gulls out on the mud. There were also two Common Sandpipers, 42 Dunlin, four Whimbrel and 10+ Curlew and Ringed Plover in the harbour, and two Mediterranean Gulls offshore.
There were up to ten House Martins around the hide area, five Sand Martins went over south and a few Swifts and Swallows were also present.
The five Mute Swan cygnets were still thriving on the second Several, as were at least four Little Grebe chicks.
There was also a Magpie moth along the path to the harbour. (AH/S&SaH)
Chichester GPs - Drayton Pits: A fairly brief visit to make a check on the breeding wildfowl met with some success when at last a breeding Pochard was located - a female with three young. There were also four (possibly five) broods of Tufted Duck and another brood of Gadwall was located when a female appeared with ten small young. Three Black-tailed Godwits flew over looking to settle, but with no muddy edges anywhere they moved on westwards. Otherwise it was much the same with a few Reed Warblers, Reed Buntings, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps giving the odd burst of song, an agitated pair of Green Woodpeckers was also present and a few Swifts, Sand and House Martins. (OM)
Friday, 8th July: Another very grey and cool morning, with heavy cloud and a blustery westerly wind, though with the promise of a little more sunshine later....
Selsey Bill: (0655-0805hrs) (AH/SR)
Sandwich Tern - 2E, 5W
Little Tern - 2W
Ferry Pool: Just four Black-tailed Godwits, two Teal and four Shelduck on the pool this morning. (AH)
A Green Sandpiper was on the pool this evening. (AH)
Church Norton: Predictably quiet, though the trusty Chiffchaff and Blackcap were still singing by the car-park, and at least ten Swifts went over. In the harbour there were three Whimbrel and a few Curlews and Ringed Plovers, plus a scattering of Little, Common and Sandwich Terns, whilst along the beach on the very low tide there were at least a dozen Mediterranean Gulls and similar of Little Egret and Curlew. (AH)
Itchenor/Birdham: A look in less than ideal conditions around the Itchenor Village Pond failed to find the Tree-creepers, though there were Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Goldcrests, Jay and a Green Woodpecker present in quite a promising-looking bit of woodland.
A quick look at Birdham Pool produced two Common Terns, a Kingfisher flying across the water, ten Swifts, a Little Egret, four Little Grebes and 20+ juvenile Mallards. (AH)
Dunlin - 25W
Common Tern - 18os
Sandwich Tern - 21os
Little Tern - 16os
Also, two Common Sandpipers were in the channel opposite the Ferry late this morning. (S. Harrington)
Also, later in the morning a Corn Bunting was singing between Chainbridge and Ham. (S. Harrington)