Selsey Bill: Very little moving, though there were several Great Northern Divers on the sea, and a scarce sea-watch record in the form of a Canada Goose! Full log below....
0730-1100hrs: (OM/C&ME/AH/C&JM/A&YF et al)
Red-throated Diver - 1E
Great Northern Diver - 4 os
Great Crested Grebe - 1 os
Gannet - 1E, 3W
Canada Goose - 1W, settled offshore awhile before continuing W
Brent Goose - 4E
Common Scoter - 12E, 4W
Red-breasted Merganser - 2E, 6W, 2 os
Sandwich Tern - 1E, 2W
Mediterranean Gull - 1W
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 2 os
Meadow Pipit - 2N
Pied Wagtail - 1N, 2 gardens
Raven - 1 over high NW, mobbed by gulls
Goldfinch - 6 gardens
Ferry Pool: A Green Sandpiper was briefly present, before disappearing into the field, as were 20 Lapwing and 12 Teal, with c200 Wigeon on the arable field.
There were two Water Rails again in Red Barn Ditch, and around the Tramway path there were a couple of singing Chiffchaffs and c100 Linnets, mostly flying about in a big flock. (AH)
Church Norton: Two Red Kites drifted over eastwards this morning, upsetting everything in the harbour, but there was no sign of any Wheatears. Along the beach were a few Linnets and Greenfinches but generally quiet here as were the bushes and hedgerows apart from a calling Cetti's Warbler. In the harbour, still Brent Geese and Wigeon but nothing to be seen offshore early on. Up to five Buzzards were thermalling over the horsefield. (BI)
Long Pool: The Red Kites were distantly viewable from the far end, and at least 500 Brent Geese were among the birds put up. The Avocet flock seemed to number barely 20 this morning, though there were plenty of Redshank, Curlews, Wigeon and Teal in the channel, plus two Gadwall and four Shoveler flew over.
There wasn't too much along the pool itself - just a vocal Cetti's Warbler, two or three Chiffchaffs, a handful of Reed Buntings and Linnets, plus a couple of Little Grebes and nine Tufted Ducks. (AH)
Runcton through to the farmland north of the harbour; Runcton - 2 Chiffchaff.
Sunday, 12th March: Marginally better than forecast, but it was still and damp and drizzly morning, though with only a very light easterly breeze....
Selsey Bill: Once again, very little on the move, though a fair selection of species.
Great Northern Diver - 6os
Red-throated Diver - 2E, 1W
Great Crested Grebe - 1os
Fulmar - 4W
Gannet - 2W
Brent Goose - 28E
Common Scoter - 2W
Eider - 1os
Red-breasted Merganser - 3E, 5W, 10os
Curlew - 1W
Turnstone - 4p
Sandwich Tern - 1E
Meadow Pipit - 16N
Pied Wagtail - 1N
Later on there was another Wheatear at the far end of the spit. (IL)
Medmerry, Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool: At the first sluice was a Shelduck with a trio of Teal and on the right hand side marsh were a pair of Gadwall and still c.20 Wigeon. Quieter than yesterday on the way down with just a handful of Skylarks singing in the drizzle and just two Yellowhammers.
There wasn't much action on the pools apart from 22 Avocets and a Ringed Plover with wildfowl numbers much reduced from yesterday. The Great Crested Grebe was still out at sea but there was again nothing along the beach. On the way back a small flock of Fieldfares was around the poplars and in the bean field near the car park. (BI)
Later a Barn Owl was hunting around Eastons Viewpoint at 1825. (SR)
Saturday, 11th March: Another grey and foggy day, with limited visibility and a chill easterly breeze....
Medmerry, Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool: A Green Sandpiper came up from the first pool on the right this morning and there was another in the pools by Marsh Barn along with a Grey Heron whilst round the marsh were a dozen Teal and a Little Egret, nothing else being visible in the fog. A small flock of Yellowhammers and another of Linnets went over on the way down to the pools and numerous Skylarks could be heard if not seen also overhead. On the pools were the usual mix of wildfowl in small numbers, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Ducks, Gadwall, Shoveler, Shelduck and Mallard as well as a surprise presumed escape in the form of a Ringed Teal. A Lesser black-backed Gull was again with the Black-headed Gulls, 44 Avocets were around the island as were more Skylarks & Meadow Pipits, this time visible to eye! No sign of anything on the beach but the Great Crested Grebe was still offshore. (BI)
Medmerry, Ham viewpoint: Fairly grim in this area this morning with banks of cold fog rolling in but there were a few Meadow Pipits & Goldfinches along the fenceline with a Stonechat and some Skylarks heard overhead. Out in the reserve were c.100 Brent Geese. (BI)
Ivy Lake: The Long-tailed Duck was still present near the chalet end this evening along with ten Shovelers, a similar number of Pochards and 24 Tufted Ducks. (BI)
East Beach: A calling Chiffchaff in the garden today, lost in the fog! (SR)
Ferry Pool: The Water Rail and four Snipe were on the pool this morning, along with a Lesser Black-backed Gull, two Black-tailed Godwits, two Lapwing, eight Redshank, four Shelduck and 15 Teal, with c200 Wigeon on the arable field. (AH)
Ivy Lake: At lunchtime, both the Long-tailed Duck and the Scaup were among the Tufted Ducks at the back of the lake. (AH)