A later visit produced a few additions to the above.... the Little Stint had become a bit more co-operative, the Greenshank count had increased to six, a Kingfisher and 3 Whinchats were seen and a female/juv Marsh Harrier flew over high. (BFF/DM)
This evening there were 200 Mediterranean Gulls and 100 Black-headed Gulls in the stubble field between the Severals, and in the harbour there were 100+ Common terns 10+ Little Terns and 20+ Sandwich Terns, and there were three Wheatears along the beach. S&SaH)
Park Farm, Selsey: There seems to have been a clear out of hirundines with just a dozen Swallows, six Sand Martins and two House Martins this evening. (S&SaH)
Monday, 8th August: Another bright and very breezy morning, with plenty of sun but the strong westerly wind refusing to drop and cloud developing later.....
Selsey Bill: A big surprise this morning, in the form of a juvenile Dartford Warbler that was initially calling from the tamarisk hedge by the bench, before flying into the vegetation at the front of the Oval Field and then moving into the Bill House garden. Otherwise it was quiet, with a Wheatear on the field, and a flock of Dunlin and a few Gannets, Sandwich and Common Terns moving west. Full log below.....
0800-1115hrs: Sunny, WNW5-6 (Obs: OM/SR/AH)
Gannet - 2E, 23W
Dunlin - 45W
Ringed Plover - 2W
Oystercatcher - 4E
Turnstone - 11 ob
Common Tern - 2E, 8W
Sandwich Tern - 1E, 15W
Mediterranean Gull - 4W
House Martin - c.10 still present
Swallow - 4E, 12W
Wheatear - 1 Oval field/ob
Dartford Warbler - 1 (juv) mainly Bill House garden area
Willow Warbler - 1 gardens
(also two Painted Lady butterflies)
Sandwich Tern - 9W
Common Tern - 6W
House Martin - 2p
Wheatear - 2p (in gardens)
Sunday, 7th August: A mainly cloudy morning after some light overnight showers, with a brisk W/SW wind 4-5 making it feel fresher than of late.... though due to brighten up with sunny periods by afternoon.
Common Tern - 12W
Kittiwake - 1W
Willow Warbler - 1 gardens
Swallow - 1S
Park Farm, Selsey: Quite a few hirundines present, with 150+ Sand Martins, 100+ House Martins, 50+ Swallows and 6 Swifts, plus a Buzzard. (SH)
Church Norton: There were 200 Mediterranean Gulls offshore and a further 75 in the stubble field, interspersed with 100+ Black-headed Gulls. A good number of terns were offshore, consisting of about 100+ Common and 30 Sandwich Terns, whilst there were two Little Terns amongst them and a further six of the latter - including two juveniles - roosting near Tern island (S&SaH).
Also a Fulmar came towards the second Several and nearly reached land, before heading off south, and over 600 Mediterranean Gulls were on the shingle along the beach, largely in two flocks, opposite each of the Severals, the flock opposite the first Several then flew to the stubble field beside the second Several.
There were still large numbers of terns roosting on the shingle, though very few in the Harbour (which was largely dead), and quite a few young birds among them - circa 250 Common Tern, 150 Sandwich Tern and 20 Little Tern. Also offshore about five Gannets were feeding fairly close inshore.
The Second Several was full of birds; a female Tufted Duck and a pair of Teal being noteworthy, also a lot of family groups of Little Grebe and Moorhen in addition to the plentiful numbers of Coot. I could see two cygnets on the Several with one parent, the other adult was sat on the nest and I could not be certain if any cygnets were also there.
A feeding flock of circa 300 hirundines were between the two lines of Poplars (where they were protected from the wind) walking out from Park Farm, of these about 200 were Sand Martins and the remainder equally split between House Martin and Swallow, there were maybe ten Swifts also in the area.
A weasel scurried from the first Several into the bushes beside the shoreline as I returned from the Harbour. (IP)
This morning I didn't see much beyond what was recorded above, though there also a few Dunlin, Turnstones and Ringed Plovers on the beach. This evening there were a dozen Little Terns, c40 Sandwich Terns and c50 Common Terns in the harbour, along with 150 Mediterranean Gulls. (AH)