A message from Pagham Hbr RSPB, via Warden Ivan Lang.....
22nd February 2017 meet at 13.45, 8th March 2017 meet at 13.00, 22nd March 2017 meet at 11.30 and 5th April 2017 meet at 12.30
Selsey Bill: (0810-0910hrs)
Red-throated Diver - 1W
Gannet - 17E
Red-breasted Merganser - 3E
Sanderling - 3p
Mediterranean Gull - 2E, 1W
Ferry Pool: A Green Sandpiper was at the back and three Black-tailed Godwits were at the front, and there were also six Shelduck, four Shovelers and eight Teal on the pool and c300 Wigeon in the adjacent arable field. (AH)
Long Pool: There was nothing but two Tufted Duck and six Mallard on the pool, but in Ferry Channel there were a Spotted Redshank, four Avocets, four Pintail, c100 Dunlin, 20 Grey Plovers, 12 Black-tailed Godwits and plenty of Redshank, Teal and Wigeon. (AH)
Selsey Bill: There were a few bits moving before the fog came in at around 0930, including a Long-tailed Duck and a Fulmar east, a Black-throated Diver that dropped in on the sea, a few Red-throated Divers going west and 50+ Gannets feeding well offshore. Full log below....
Red-throated Diver - 6E, 33W
Black-throated Diver - 1W settled os
Great Northern Diver - 1os
Great Crested Grebe - 1os
Fulmar - 1E
Gannet - 50E, 30W, 50os
Brent Goose - 3W
Common Scoter - 2E, 2W
Red-breasted Merganser - 4E, 2W, 4os
Long-tailed Duck - 1E
Razorbill - 6E
auk sp - 32E
Kittiwake - 1E, 1W
Mediterranean Gull - 2E, 5W
Rock Pipit - 1ob
Song Thrush - 1 singing Bill House garden.
Drayton Pit: Persistence paid off this morning, with the Bittern finally appearing and flying across the pit, and there were also two male Bullfinches and a couple of Goldcrests in the hedges, and the usual mix of Gadwall, Pochard, Shovelers and Coots on the water. (CRJ)
Church Norton: There was not much to see in the fog, with zero visibility offshore, though the Whimbrel was in its usual area, and a few Dunlin, Grey Plover and Shelduck could be seen in the murk.
A look around the car-park and lane produced at least half a dozen Goldcrests, a couple of Stock Doves, a Jay and a few Goldfinches. (AH)
Pagham Lagoon: In a short visit this afternoon a showy male Sparrowhawk was bathing, whilst the only other birds of note were a drake Goldeneye and several pairs of Red-breasted Mergansers. (AB)
Sunday, 29th January: Milder again and generally cloudy, with some showers through the morning and a fresh S/SSW wind force 4-5, but the prospect of heavier more persistent rain by afternoon.....
auk sp - 16E, 91W
Also, a Raven was with Carrion Crows near Crablands Marsh. (RS)
Late this afternoon a drake Goldeneye was in the harbour and there were still 20+ Gannets and five Red-breasted Mergansers offshore. (S&SaH)
Ivy Lake: The Bittern showed again this morning and the Scaup and Long-tailed Duck were both still present. (R. Simpson per SOS)
The Scaup and Long-tailed Duck were still about this afternoon, along with c60 Pochard and c80 Shoveler, and two Mistle Thrushes flew over. (AH)
Kipson Bank Farm, Hunston: There were still 60+ Fieldfares, 50+ Skylarks, 100+ Linnets and 50+ Chaffinches, along with 300+ Starlings in the big stubble field opposite the golf course this afternoon. (AH)