Selsey, East Beach: A female Eider was close offshore, along with 6 Razorbills, 2 Great Crested Grebes and a Red-breasted Merganser. Another Merganser headed west as did 2 Red-throated Divers, a Gannet flew east and along the beach were 33 Turnstones, plus 16 west. (SR)
Ferry Pool/Long Pool: Nothing on the frozen Ferry, though a hundred or so Wigeon thought about it before settling for the channel.
It was quiet along the Long Pool, too, with just a few Reed Buntings and a Little Grebe of note, and Ferry Channel held just a dozen Black-tailed Godwits and a handful of Shoveler among the usual Redshanks, Grey Plover, Wigeon and Teal, plus 30 or so Shelducks and 500 Lapwing which finally settled in. (AH)
Ivy Lake complex: The first-winter drake Scaup was present again, along with c80 Pochard, c60 Shoveler and c40 Tufted Duck, but the Long-tailed Duck couldn't be found and its favoured area was frozen up.
New Lake was frozen up and held just a few Shoveler, whilst Runcton Pit had 40+ Gadwall and Tufted Duck plus large numbers of Coots, but not much else beyond a handful of Common Gulls.
There were also plenty of Long-tailed Tits around again, with one or two Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests among them. (AH)
Honer Lane/Reservoir: There was a huge flock - 800-1000 - Lapwings on a stubble field along the lane, with at least 150 Golden Plover in among them, and several large flocks of Brent Geese went both east and west, but the reservoir area was quiet, with just a Grey Wagtail, two Little Grebes and 40 Coots present and no small birds in the hedges. (AH)
Wednesday, 18th January: Another very pleasant day, with plenty of sunshine, despite the frost, and with only a modest easterly breeze....
Selsey Bill (1240-1340hrs): A lunchtime visit produced predictably little; just 2 Great Crested Grebes offshore, a single Red-throated Diver east, 5 Gannets west and a Sparrowhawk which caught a Starling. (OM)
Nearby, a Chiffchaff was in the observer's garden to the north of the 'village.' (SH)
Tuesday, 17th January: A splendid winter's day - cool and bright, with just a light E/SE breeze....
East Head: No sign of the Snow Bunting this morning, though there were up to half a dozen Rock Pipits among c50 Meadow Pipits, c50 Skylarks and c200 Linnets out on the salt-marsh, and a pair of Stonechats on the edge of the dunes.
Fishbourne Creek: Fairly quiet with only a single Rock and Water Pipit in the saltmarsh. Out in the harbour a pair of Peregrines was plucking a kill out on the mud. Around the dung heap 35 Yellowhammers were skittish. (BFF/DM)
Dell Quay; There were 4 Greenshank & 4 Spotted Redshank with an estimated 800 Wigeon (BFF/DM)
Chichester Marina: Little except 9 Goldeneye and 30 Little Grebes in the channel (BFF/DM)