Selsey Bill: The highlight was two Scaup passing east, but otherwise it was fairly quiet, though there were still a couple of Great Northern Divers offshore, plus a large flock of Dunlin and a few Mediterranean Gulls moving west. Five hours watching were logged this morning although heavy rain set in and frequently interrupted viewing, finally defeating the last observer.....! Full log below....
Red-throated Diver - 1W
Great Northern Diver - 2os
Diver sp - 2E
Great Crested Grebe - 3W
Gannet - 2E, 1W
Brent Goose - 1E, 10W
Eider - 1E
Common Scoter - 1E
Red-breasted Merganser - 2E, 1W, 6os
Scaup - 2W
Oystercatcher - 5ob
Dunlin - 100W
Razorbill - 1E
auk sp - 1E, 3W
Common Gull - 2W
Mediterranean Gull - 26W
Pied Wagtail - 2W
Ferry Pool: There were two Black-tailed Godwits, two Redshank, c200 Lapwing, c60 Wigeon and a dozen Teal on the pool this morning. (AH)
North Wall: The Bearded Tits were calling, but not seen early on, and a Short-eared Owl was out hunting before going to roost. There were also six Reed Buntings along the breech pool with a similar number of Wrens. (PC/BI)
Later on there were around 80 Golden Plover in with 500 or so Lapwings and 50 or so Black-tailed Godwits on White's Creek, and a female Red-breasted Merganser was also at the North Wall end. (AH)
Ivy Lake Complex: I couldn't find the female Scaup this morning, and numbers of duck were generally low, with totals of c40 Pochard, c25 Tufted Duck, c25 Shoveler and c10 Gadwall, along with a couple of Common Gulls, c20 Great Crested Grebes and Little Egrets spread around the pits.
A Water Rail shot across the path and there were at least half a dozen Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests among the many Long-tailed Tits. (AH)
Church Norton: Confirmation of at least two Long-tailed Ducks in the area this afternoon when two flew in from the east and landed offshore together before one left to the west and the other drifted off in the tide.
Four Goldeneye, a male and three females, also went west, a Red-breasted Merganser went east and there were four Great Crested Grebes on the sea along with two Slavonian Grebes. In the harbour, the Black-necked Grebe was present for a while near Tern Island, there was a drake Goldeneye, two Red-breasted Mergansers, six Great Crested Grebes and half a dozen Little Grebes
The Whimbrel and a Curlew were by the bench at high water and the Kingfisher was on the breakwater along with a few Grey Plover, Dunlin & Knot. (BI)
Thursday, 17th November: The sort of autumn's day that has fortunately been in short supply this year, with a strengthening westerly wind and intermittent heavy rain and heavy drizzle and the odd brighter interlude....
Wednesday, 16th November: A bright and breezy day, with the wind round to the west, though still very mild....
Early high tide at the Breech Pool, there were, at the back, four Spotted Redshank , two Black-tailed Godwits and some 30 Common Redshank, and in the field behind were 80 Curlew with their heads down. (ARK per SOS)
Pagham Spit/Lagoon: At the big high tide say 500 waders were crammed onto a shingle islet in the Church Norton Spit breach, mostly Dunlin and Grey Plover but with some Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Knot and Oystercatcher.
On the sea just here was the Long-tailed Duck again, underwater for the most part! and a male Red-breasted Merganser in smart breeding plumage, while on the barbour-side was a redhead Goosander and on the Lagoon a redhead Goldeneye.
A Merlin - female from size - flew along the Spit and later was watched by myself and two colleagues flying down across the Harbour, very close to the water before rising up a bit and then going down towards Church Norton spit - really entertaining. (A|K per SOS)
At high tide, the Black-necked Grebe and a Long-tailed Duck were in the harbour with another Long-tailed Duck, four Slavonian Grebes and a flypast Black-throated Diver offshore. (RJF per SOS)