Further to our recent editorial, readers will be interested to know that an update on the situation concerning the Ferry Pool area will appear on this blog tomorrow....... (Eds)
Selsey Bill: (0730-0930hrs) (JA/SH/IP/AH/SR)
Great Northern Diver - 3os
Red-throated Diver - 3E, 1W
diver sp - 1E
Slavonian Grebe - 1os
Great Crested Grebe - 2E
Gannet - 7E, 7W
Brent Goose - 9W
Wigeon - 1E
Red-breasted Merganser - 31E, 5W
Mediterranean Gull - 1E, 2os
Common Gull - 2E
Kittiwake - 3E
Razorbill - 9E, 2W. 5os
auk sp - 2E, 8os
Park Farm, Selsey: The Dartford Warbler was present again, with a couple of Stonechats, and also about were a Grey Wagtail, two Pied Wagtails and the Green Sandpiper. (S&SaH/IP)
Ivy Lake: The Scaup was present again this morning and the Bittern flew from Deep Lake, over the path and landed in the left hand end of the reed bed, left of the chalets and pontoon at the eastern end. (HR)
East Head: In spite of the huge numbers of people and dogs passing by, a solitary Snow Bunting was going about its business at the end of East Head yesterday. (B Platt per SOS)
Church Norton: There was little on the sea this morning - just three Slavonian Grebes and one Great Crested Grebe, plus two Sanderling and two Bar-tailed Godwits on the beach.
A Woodcock that flew out of the creek and into Priory Wood was a surprise, but otherwise it was fairly much the same as of late, with highlights including the two Peregrines, three Goldeneye, ten Avocets and a few Black-tailed Godwits in the harbour, and a dozen Skylarks and one or two Linnets and Meadow Pipits along the spit. (S&SaH/IP/AH)
Also the Whimbrel and a few Knot were present, as well. (BFF et al)
Medmerry: Porthole Farm - A Jack Snipe shot out of one of the ditches and disappeared away out of view, and there were at least 20 Chiffchaffs along the hedges, plus half a dozen Reed Buntings.
In the bare field where they lifted sugar-beet there were at least 500 Pied Wagtails, with a couple of Grey Wagtails, a dozen Meadow Pipits and c50 Skylarks among them, with just a few Pied Wagtail using the adjacent settling tanks. (AH)
Kipson Bank Farm, Hunston: There was a lot of activity in the big stubble fields opposite the golf course this morning, with conservative estimates of 50 Redwings, 200 Fieldfares, 100 Skylarks, 50 Linnets, 20 Meadow Pipits, 50 Pied Wagtails and 500 Starlings, plus a few Lapwing and c40 Stock Doves.
Around the farm itself there were at least 6 Snipe, 100+ Linnets, 10 Chaffinches, 50+ Meadow Pipits, 20 Fieldfare and 100 Starlings. (AH)
Saturday, 21st January: Another cold, bright morning, though clouding up somewhat by lunchtime....and with a chilly E/SE wind 3-4.
diver sp - 6W
Park Farm, Selsey: A Raven went over this morning, and there were three Stonechats along the hedges. (S&SaH)
Church Norton: Fairly quiet this morning, with a Spotted Redshank in the harbour near the concrete spit and five Common Scoters heading west offshore being the only birds of note. (S&SaH)
Ferry Pool: Nothing on the pool early this morning, though there were four Grey Plovers, 12 Black-tailed Godwits and c80 Wigeon in the channel opposite. (AH)
Fishbourne Creek: The Water Pipit was in its usual area this morning, and there were up to half a dozen Rock Pipits along the edge of the harbour.
Among the waders out in the channels there were three each of Spotted Redshank and Greenshank, 50+ Black-tailed Godwits, half a dozen Ringed Plover and many hundreds of Dunlin, whilst there were also five Goldeneye and half a dozen Pintail among 500+ Wigeon, 200+ Teal and at least 1000 Brent Geese, plus a few Common Gulls.
The Yellowhammer flock near the stable numbered around twenty, and one or two Goldcrests and a few Long-tailed Tits were seen and a Bullfinch was heard only. (AH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - Highlights this afternoon were the Common Sandpiper on the Stilt Pool, two Snipe, a Buzzard, 50+ Golden Plover in with 200+ Lapwing, and the Barn Owl hunting in its usual area. (S&SaH)
Chichester GPs, Ivy Lake: Good numbers of wildfowl this morning with 75 Common Pochards, 150 Shoveler and 100 Canada Geese milling around in the middle of the lake although there was no sign of the Scaup or Long-tailed Duck amongst them. A search for the Bittern both early and late didn't turn it up but there was large flock of mixed Tits along the paths with a couple of Goldcrests and a single Chiffchaff keeping company. (BI)
The Scaup was back this afternoon, and showing quite a lot of adult plumage now, and most of the other birds were the same as earlier, though 30 Greylag Geese dropped in. (AH)
Friday, 20th January: Another cold, dry and fine day in store, mainly sunny with a little cloud, but temperatures hardly feeling above freezing in the light to moderate E/NE breeze.....
diver sp - 12E, 5W
Runcton: After yesterdays absence the Mute Swan flock was back on the field south of Runcton, 45 birds plus now 2 Black Swans and still present the 2 Egyptian and 20 Canada Geese. (CRJ)
Chichester Gps, Ivy Lake: The Scaup, Long-tailed Duck and Bittern were all giving good views today with the Bittern favouring the left hand end of the chalets near the pontoon. (A.Parfitt)