Selsey Bill: Our visit this morning to the Bill was soon curtailed by sudden thick fog that descended, wrapping us in a cold damp blanket - although we logged a Red-throated Diver east with a couple of Razorbill west. (BFF/DM)
After the fog lifted at 10.00am the highlights up to 11.30 were at least 35 Red-throated Divers, mainly flying west, including parties of 14 and 11, plus 25 Common Scoters, also west. Strangely after the totals yesterday not a single Gannet was seen. (PC/BC)
Selsey Coastguard Station: The Black Redstart was briefly present, though there were no Scoters about. (BFF/DM)
Ferry Pool: Difficult to see much through the mist early on, though the Green Sandpiper, a couple of Black-tailed Godwits, four Shoveler and c200 Wigeon were present. (AH)
Ivy Lake complex: The Long-tailed Duck was again at the eastern end today, and the Scaup was also present, plus two calling Chiffchaffs and a Water Rail (BFF/DM).
Also around the various lakes were c60 Shoveler, c40 Tufted Duck, c50 Pochard, 75 Greylag Geese, 15 Great Crested Grebes and at least four Chiffchaffs among the roaming Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tit flocks. (AH)
Pagham Lagoon: Not much of note beyond a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers and the usual Tufted Ducks and Little Grebes. (AH)
North Wall: There were half a dozen Black-tailed Godwits, a Snipe and 50+ Teal on the Breech Pool, whilst on the fields behind there were 20 more Black-tailed Godwits, c80 Curlew, c250 Wigeon and c150 Canada Geese.
A Sparrowhawk but up a couple of hundred Lapwing in White's Creek, where there were also plenty of Redshank and there were quite a lot of Brent Geese flying around the back fields. (AH)
Fishbourne Creek: There were c.1000 Wigeon, 60 Pintail and 7 Goldeneye, plus 4 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, 4 Rock Pipits and 8 Fieldfare. (BFF/DM)
Wednesday, 21st December: Mid-winter's Day, and a very typical one - cold, grey and with a strong and blustery south-south-westerly wind....
Red-throated Diver - 2W
Great Crested Grebe - 1W
Gannet - 171W, 25 os.
Brent Goose - 2W
Common Scoter - 3W
Red-breasted Merganser - 5W
Kittiwake - 6W
Razorbill - 81W, 2 os.
Guillemot - 13W
auk sp 1E, 118W
Church Norton: One of the Long-tailed Ducks was still present in the harbour at low water with some Pintail and there was a Slavonian Grebe and a few Red-breasted Mergansers further up near the harbour mouth. The Peregrine was on Tern Island and there were the usual waders about including a number of Knot and a single Bar-tailed Godwit. (KJ)
Selsey Bill: From the car park this morning there were at least three Great Northern Divers on the water and three distant Red-throated Divers and two probable Black-throated Divers all headed east. Three Common Scoter flew past as did eight Auk sp. and there were a number of Gannets offshore along with Common Gulls & Mediterranean Gulls. (KJ)
Medmerry: East side: One Black Redstart was around the sea defence rocks with a pair of Stonechats, a Rock Pipit and several Meadow Pipits and a White Wagtail was near the caravans. Offshore, one raft of c.80 Common Scoter was on the sea & another flock flew east whilst in the breach were Grey Plover, Golden Plover & Ringed Plover, Knot, Dunlin and Turnstone with a few Gadwall on the water here as well. A Kestrel was hunting the general area. (KJ)