Selsey Bill: I gave up sea-watching as nothing seemed to be moving, apart from the constant flow east of Swallows and a few Meadow Pipits. Two Chaffinches were in with a large flock of Goldfinches on the Oval Field and we still have young House Martins in at least two nests (Beacon Drive & Canadian Crescent) but there really wasn't anything of note. Log below:
(0730-0930hrs): wind E3 (Obs: SR)
Gannet - 2E, 1W
Little Egret - 1 ob
Turnstone - 26 ob
Sandwich Tern - 2 ob
Meadow Pipit - 64E, 7N
Pied Wagtail - 4N
Swallow - 172E
House Martin - 35E, 8 present (+ two active nests)
Sand Martin - 14E
Goldfinch - 42 (Oval Field), + 21 (gardens)
Chaffinch - 2 p
Chiffchaff - 11 p
Ferry Pool: Just nine Lapwing and three Teal on the pool, about twenty Yellow Wagtails in with the cattle and not much more than a few Redshank and Teal in the channel. The hedges around the Tramway were quiet, too, with just the odd Chiffchaff and Blackcap to be found. (AH)
East Side/Pagham Lagoon: There were a Common Sandpiper and a couple of Greenshank and Bar-tailed Godwits, along with c80 Black-tailed Godwits and c100 Redshank along White's Creek, but the harbour didn't contain much of note, and the hedges along the Slipe Field were quiet save a few Chiffchaffs.
Therre were a few more Chiffchaffs, plus a few Whitethroats and Blackcaps around the Lagoon, and on the water there were 32 Little Grebes, 20 Wigeon and 20 Tufted Ducks, plus a few Swallows over. (AH/TG)
Tuesday, 20th September: A very still, very gloomy start to the day, though gradually brightening up....
0700-1015hrs): (OM/AH/CRJ et al)
Brent Goose - 5W
Curlew - 3W
Arctic Tern - 1 juv fishing close inshore...drifted off W
Sandwich Tern - 3os
Mediterranean Gull - 3E, 6os drifted W
Meadow Pipit - 7N
Wheatear - 2ob
House Martin - 120 gathered then drifted off E
Swallow - 20E
Chiffchaff - 12 gardens
Northcommon Farm: Again only Chiffchaffs - ditto above (OM)
Ferry Pool/Ferry Channel: There were just two Dunlin and a Snipe on the pool, though a Golden Plover and 30 Lapwings dropped in and flew out again, and there were still 20 or so Yellow Wagtails around the cattle and a Kingfisher flew through.
Pagham Churchyard: There were 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, a Jay, 2 Song Thrushes, a Grey Wagtail and 30 Swallows over this morning (OM)
Medmerry (west side): An Osprey flew west along the beach (towards Bracklesham) at about 1030. (PH)
Monday, 19th September: Another pleasant day after a grey start, with almost no breeze....but rain by late afternoon.
Selsey Bill: Not really a whole lot going on, with the exception of Chiffchaffs, which seemed to be in every garden - a count of 30 being unusually high for the Bill-tip - but there was no sign of the Dartford Warbler early morning at least.... Full log below....
0715-0915hrs: (Obs: OM/SR)
Gannet - 2E
Brent Goose - 8W
Wigeon - 25E
Teal - 1E
Ringed Plover - 4ob, flushed and flew off W
Curlew - 2W
Sandwich Tern - 2os
Mediterranean Gull - 12 os eventually drifted E
Meadow Pipit - 20N
Pied Wagtail - 2E
Yellow Wagtail - 4E/NE
Swallow - 20E
House Martin - 20E
Sand Martin - 2E
Ferry Pool/Ferry Channel: Just two Dunlin, two Black-tailed Godwits, two Lapwings and a Snipe on the pool, with at least 20 Yellow Wagtails still around the cattle this morning.
Church Norton: A fairly brief visit though it was probably enough as it was slow going. There were plenty of Chiffchaffs around, plus at least 15 Blackcaps and probably more, but otherwise small birds were few. Three Goldcrests were in the churchyard and nearby in the lane were a Jay and 25 Meadow Pipits feeding, whilst waders were few on the low tide, a couple of Bar-tailed Godwits and 10 Grey Plover being about the best! (OM/SR)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - It was generally fairly quiet, despite the pleasant conditions, with three Wheatears, three Stonechats and a couple of Reed Warblers and half a dozen Chiffchaffs being the only migrants noted along the banks and pools, though there were a dozen Yellow Wagtails with the cattle and c100 Swallows went over.
North Wall: A quick look around at midday produced a Reed Bunting, a Green Woodpecker, two Stonechats and three Whinchats in the horse paddocks and in White's Creek ever increasing numbers of Wigeon and six Pintail. Highlights of the Breech Pool were few but there were four Snipe and three Dunlin and a spotted Redshank present with the Black-tailed Godwits and Redshanks. Still a few Yellow Wagtails with the cattle but not much in the hedges other than a few Chiffchaffs. A Wheatear was along the wall and a Kingfisher flew through heading towards Halsey's Farm where another Whinchat was present. (BI)