Selsey Bill: Not much moving, though there were several large Dunlin flocks, three Great Northern Divers offshore and a Reed Bunting (uncommon here) was in the gardens. Full log below.....
0730-1030hrs: (DF/OM/AH/JD/DS/C&ME et al)
Red-throated Diver - 2W
Great Northern Diver - 3os
Great Crested Grebe - 2E
Brent Goose - 3W
Common Scoter - 6E, 1W
Red-breasted Merganser - 4E, 7W, 2os
Wigeon - 25W
Dunlin - c.350W (six large flocks)
Razorbill - 1W
Auk sp - 1E, 2W, 4os
Reed Bunting - 1 Oval field and gardens
Church Norton: The Black-necked Grebe reported yesterday was showing well in the harbour from the bench this morning, and it seems that there are two Long-tailed Ducks around, with one seen off the harbour-mouth at the same time as the one in the main channel inside the harbour.
There were still at least eight Slavonian Grebes offshore, along with similar of Great Crested Grebes, four Red-breasted Mergansers and a Razorbill, whilst in the harbour a Kingfisher was among the waders on the metal-work, a Peregrine was sat out and there were half a dozen Bar-tailed Godwits, the Whimbrel and a few Knot among the roosting waders. A Jack Snipe was flushed from the spit and flew off across the harbour and a Raven was also present around the spit. There was not much to report from the landside - just a Firecrest and a couple each of Jay, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest of note. (AH/OM/CRJ/BFF/DIS/DM et al)
Ferry Pool: There were two Green Sandpipers, four Black-tailed Godwits and a dozen Redshank among the 200+ Lapwing on the pool, and there were also six Shelduck, c30 Teal and c80 Wigeon present. (AH)
North Wall: A sad start to the morning, with a dead young male Roe Deer right opposite the Salt House that had apparently been shot very recently.
Not a lot happening on the bird front, though before the tide came fully up there were over a 1000 Lapwing along and around White's Creek plus 140 Golden Plover. Water levels on the Breech Pool are very high with not much to see apart from 60 Teal and a few Wigeon and Mallards, with the only waders present being four Common Snipe. The Bearded Tits had been seen earlier but once again I missed them!
On Honer reservoir there were 37 Coot, 4 Little Grebes, 2 Tufted Ducks and 2 Green Sandpipers, at the nearby Summer Lane sewage works there was a flock of 600 Starlings and a flock of some 300 Wood Pigeons were feeding on berries in Owl Copse. (JDW)
Sidlesham: The big moon was impressive at dawn this morning. (AH)
Medmerry, Easton Lane to the Stilt Pools: Quite quiet in general although there were some good size Brent Goose flocks moving towards Selsey. Highlights were a Dartford Warbler in the gorse on the way down & two Bar-headed Geese with 22 Canada Geese on the pools. (MP)
Ivy Lake: The Scaup reported yesterday was present again today, and looks like a first-winter female. (BFF/DM)
Selsey - East Beach pond: Two Chiffchaffs were the only birds of note this afternoon. (SR)
Church Norton: The Long-tailed Duck was still in the harbour (so clearly a different bird to the one past Selsey), along with four Red-breasted Mergansers, ten Little Grebes and 50+ Pintail, and offshore there were ten Slavonian Grebes, with eight together in a tight group, plus half a dozen Great Crested Grebes. (AH/BI)
Also earlier a Black-necked Grebe was seen briefly in the harbour and four Ravens went along the spit. (IL)
North Wall: A look early afternoon didn't turn up the Bearded Tits but there were four Stonechats around the reeds at the Breech pool with plenty of Teal, Mallards & Wigeon and a constant overhead stream of Brent Geese that appeared to be heading for the reservoir. (BI)
Pagham Lagoon: A pair of Goldeneye were on the lagoon today. (ARK/BI)
Ivy Lake: A female Scaup was reported to me as present today. (IL)
Sunday, 13th November: A complete contrast to yesterday - bright and breezy, with plenty of sunshine.....
Easton lane to the Stilt Pool - Late this afternoon a Short eared Owl was briefly over Marsh Farm and the female Merlin was out on the reserve. Also about were three Stonechats, 50+ Golden Plover, 300+ Lapwing, three Kestrels and a Buzzard. (S&SaH)