Just a short note to say thanks to AH & BI for keeping the blog going so well over the last week during my trip northwards. It proved to be an excellent antidote to Scad (=doldrums) but now it's great to be back. (OM)
Selsey Bill: A fairly brief look early on produced just two Brent Geese west and c30 Mediterranean and Black-headed Gulls offshore and six Chiffchaffs along the front, but no overhead migration at all. (AH)
Church Norton: There were just a couple of Jays and the Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers in the churchyard, and very little in the harbour at high tide, though half a dozen Pintail were with the Wigeon and Teal and there were four Bar-tailed Godwits among the roosting waders.
Along the Severals there were four Stonechats, a Rock Pipit went over, along with c40 Linnets, c 30 Goldfinches, c20 Meadow Pipits and 30 Pied Wagtails, half a dozen Dunlin were with 30 Turnstones on the beach and there were around a dozen House Martins and Swallows feeding overhead.
In the fields around Greenlease Farm there were around 150 Linnets, 200+ Meadow Pipits and 100+ Pied Wagtails, plus 30 Curlews, but not much else. (AH)
Wednesday, 12th October: Much greyer today, but still relatively mild despite the brisk easterly breeze....
There were still at least six Stonechats along the beach, plus one or two Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs in the shelter between the Severals, but visible migration was limited to a single Redwing, one or two Siskins, six Swallows and a dozen or so Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtails, with many more of both in the fields behind, along with at least 200 Linnets. Also, a Common Seal was offshore.(AH/CRJ)
Tuesday, 11th October: It remains crisp and bright with a moderate easterly breeze....
This evening there were a minimum of ten Stonechats along the first several with a dozen Chiffchaffs and in the harbour were 36 Brent Geese. (S&SaH)