Halsey's Farm: A juvenile Red-backed Shrike was well found by GaH, feeding along the hedgeline to the north of the farm this morning, occasionally getting seen off by a couple of Whitethroats. (Ga&RH et al) Also a Redstart was present nearby. (Ga&RH/AB)
There was no sign of the Red-backed Shrike this evening, though the Redstart, three Wheatears and two Chiffchaffs were in the area. (S&SaH)
Gannet - 1W
Red-throated Diver - 2E
Sandwich Tern - 5os
Mediterranean Gull - 2E
House Martin - c.1500 estimated (minimum - see above)
Swallow - 200E
Chiffchaff - 10 gardens
Willow Warbler - 2 gardens
Long Pool/West Side: There were a Spotted Flycatcher and up to 50 Blackcaps and 20 Whitethroats along the pool this morning, plus a few more along the west side, with up to ten Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Reed Buntings, as well. There was also a Whinchat along the west side, and a Grey Wagtail, a couple of Yellow Wagtails and a few Meadow Pipits went over.
A Curlew Sandpiper, three Greenshank, two Whimbrel, 50+ Dunlin, 100+ Redshank and 200+ Teal, plus the Kingfisher were in Ferry Channel before the tide rose, and another Whimbrel and 20+ Grey Plovers were in the harbour. (AH)
Wednesday, 14th September: Dry and fine again, feeling quite warm and humid inland, though fresher on the coast where a fresh S/SE wind persists......
Northcommon Farm: There were 12 Yellow Wagtails in the sheep field and there were five Whitethroats and tywo Chiffchaffs along Warner Lane. (S&SaH)
Ferry Pool: The Ruff was still present, along with a Green Sandpiper, four Black-tailed Godwits, exactly 40 Lapwings, nine Shelduck and eight Teal, and there was also a Common Sandpiper in the channel opposite. (AH)
Later, a Peregrine, Osprey and a distant Hobby over the west side at 13.00 and 2 Avocets on the stilt pools. At about 12.30, something (I think a light aircraft) flushed all the gulls off Medmerry and surrounding fields – an extraordinary sight as many thousands of birds were involved, most just heading out onto the sea. (PH)
Church Norton: An Osprey was over the harbour around 1100, mobbed by a couple of Peregrines. Later (1405) the Osprey caught a fish and landed on the mud.
There were also 2 Sparrowhawks around, plus a Kingfisher, 4 Sandwich Terns and a good number of Swallows and House Martins this morning. (C&ME, C&JM)
The Osprey was there again at 2.05pm, when it caught a fish and landed on the mud. (C&JM)