Selsey Bill: Fairly quiet, with just a few Gannets, Sandwich Terns and Common Terns moving west this morning. Full log below..... (SH/JA/PB/SR/AH)
Gannet - 14E, 50W
Common Scoter - 1E, 3W
Auk sp - 3W
Common Tern - 19W
Sandwich Tern - 12E, 20W
Mediterranean Gull - 2E
Sand Martin - 7W
Swallow - 3W
Also 1345 - 1500hrs: (SH)
Gannet - 7E, 24W
Shearwater sp. - 1E (at 1355hrs; probably a Balearic but very distant)
Common Scoter - 1E
Common Tern - 3W
Sandwich Tern - 2os
Ferry Pool: The only waders present were two Little Ringed Plovers and a dozen Lapwing, along with a dozen Shelduck and c40 Teal. (AH)
Church Norton: There were two Little Terns roosting on the island and at least half a dozen Sandwich Terns and a dozen Common Terns were around the harbour, along with a couple of Common Sandpipers, a Greenshank, two or three Whimbrel, 30+ Turnstones and a dozen Mediterranean Gulls, with a couple of Gannets offshore.
It was very quiet around the hedges, with just the odd Willow/Chiff heard and none seen! (AH/RJS/A&YF et al)
Later, there were 9 Wheatears and a Whitethroat, whilst offshore were a Gannet, and at least 10 each of Common and Sandwich Tern. (S&SaH)
Chi GPs- Drayton Pits: Disappointingly quiet overall, with rather little noted on the pools or in the hedgerows. There were at least 60 Tufted Ducks, including a female with a brood of three smallish young - presumably a late breeder - but otherwise just a handful of Teal, half a dozen Pochard and eight Gadwall were the only wildfowl of note, whilst at least four pairs of Little Grebe were accompanied by juveniles. Five Willow Warblers and a mixed flock of Blue and Long-tailed Tits were about the best I could do for small birds, with the usual noisy pair of Green Woodpeckers nearby. The highlight was probably non-avian, with the discovery of a Wasp Spider - my first at this site. (OM)
Later, at around 1700hrs, there were 2 Ospreys over the harbour fishing and both caught fish; later one of them or possibly a third bird was seen high over Halseys farm with a fish before drifting off north. Also......
5 Little Stints
9 Spotted Redshanks
2 Common Sandpipers
20 Sand Martins
6 Yellow Wagtails (SH)
Also, there were a couple of Spotted Flycatchers and a few Willow Warblers around the churchyard late in the afternoon. (P&JW)
Friday, 26th August: Another very nice summer's day, warm under hazy sunshine.....
Also a Greenshank was on White's Creek, a Kingfisher was behind the sluices, and.there were Black-tailed Godwits, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Lapwings, Dunlin, Redshank, 60+ Mallard, seven Teal and three Moorhen.
Medmerry: Easton Lane to Stilt Pool - Fairly quiet mid-morning but there were 100 Yellow Wagtails around the cattle, three Common Sandpipers and the two Bar-headed Geese on the Stilt pool with Canada Geese flock and three Wheatears along the beach. On the way back to Easton Lane a Hobby gave good views and there were still a few Clouded Yellows and Common Blues by the banks here. (BI)
Later, several Wheatears were around the south of Medmerry at lunchtime today plus a fly-through (N-to-S) Raven. An Osprey did finally turn up but didn't hang around long, whilst a pair of Mute Swans was perhaps unusual for this part of the site. (GW)