Monday, 5th September: Slowly drying up after a thoroughly miserable start of heavy drizzle and a blustery southerly.....
Although we are now five days into September, there seems to a bit of an air of stagnation around the Peninsula at present - with nothing new, low numbers of migrants about and little or nothing at sea. All the more amazing then that a mega first for Britain, in the form of a Red-footed Booby, should be washed up still alive on a Sussex beach! Needless to say it wasn't on the Peninsula nor even at one of the county's regular bird-watching locations, but at St. Leonard's (Hastings) having apparently been found by non-birders. Then it was transferred to a wildlife hospital before eventually going to the RSPCA.... you couldn't write the script could you? So then, call me a cynic, but I wouldn't bet on seeing it now even if it does survive, for history shows such 'animal hospital' organisations are not strong on any such co-operation with birders....despite the obvious fund-raising opportunity. The bird's welfare must of course always come first, but surely this doesn't have to mean it's incompatible with releasing it somewhere that interested birders can also observe at a safe distance? I do hope I'm proved wrong, but I somehow doubt it. At least it shows you never know what you might find! (OM)
Selsey Bill: (0720-1120hrs): Rain/heavy drizzle, poor visibilty for 2 hrs, wind SE2 to SW3. (OM)
Nothing really moving offshore, though there were a few Wheatears and a Willow Warbler along the front. Full log below....
Gannet - 1E, 2W
Sandwich Tern - 4W
Dunlin - 1 ob
Turnstone - 25 ob
Oystercatcher - 3 ob
Wheatear - 4 ob
Willow Warbler - 1 gardens
House Martin - 2p
Also: 1700-1800 - Four Wheatears were lined up along a roof to the east and 10 noisy House Martins were flying up to nests in Coxswain and Wight Way. At sea there were 2 Gannets E and 1 W, plus 3 Sandwich Terns E, 7 W and 1 on the beach. (SR)
Later, as conditions improved, the Wryneck re-appeared, from late morning and then again early afternoon, occasionally showing well between the end of the first and the second Several. (LGRE/CRJ).
An early evening visit produced 8 Wheatears, 2 Willow Warblers, 20+ Swallows and 10+ Sand Martins, whilst offshore were a Gannet, 2 Sandwich Terns and 3 Mediterranean Gulls.
Common Tern - 1W
Later on there were seven Wheatears along the spit, and a Hobby over, and another Wheatear and a Grey Wagtail in the fields bbehind thge Severals. (S&SaH)
Ferry Pool: There were just four Black-tailed Godwits, 20 Lapwing and three Shelduck on the pool, with a dozen Teal and Redshank and a Little Egret in the channel opposite. (AH)
This afternoon there were also two Greenshank present. (AH)