Selsey Bill: Very quiet again. (JA/AH)
Fulmar - 1W
Common Scoter - 2W
Red-breasted Merganser - 4E, 2W
Ferry Pool: There were four Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the pool this morning, along with two Black-tailed Godwits, two Shelduck and 20 Teal, with 200+ Wigeon and half a dozen Curlews on the arable Field and 100+ Lapwing on Ferry Field. (AH)
Long Pool: There were several calling Little Grebes, a Cetti's Warbler and nine Tufted Ducks along the pool, with a couple each of Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit and Skylark along/over the west side.
The Spotted Redshank was again in Ferry Channel, along with a dozen Black-tailed Godwits and a few Grey Plover, whilst at the far end there were at least 70 Avocets feeding out on the mud (rather than in the channels), six Shoveler and 30+ Curlew. (AH)
Itchenor Pond: Conditions weren't exactly conducive to birding this afternoon, with a conservation workparty? felling some trees and a great bonfire blazing away - so all I could come up with was 2+ Treecreepers, 11 Goldcrests and 5 Long-tailed Tits. In the field at the back half a dozen Skylarks were singing, a cronking Raven unexpectedly flew across the path and two Buzzards were nearby. (SR)
Thursday, 2nd March: A very bright morning, but unfortunately the cold westerly wind was touching gale-force at times, before gradually subsiding somewhat by afternoon.....
Selsey Bill: Very little on the move - just a few wintering Sandwich Terns west and some Red-breasted Mergansers moving east, but also the first hint of visible spring migration with the arrival of 30 Meadow Pipits from the sea. Full log below.....
0735-1235hrs: (C&ME/OM/AH/A&YF et al)
Ferry Pool: On the pool this morning were two Black-tailed Godwits, 25 Teal, a Great Black-backed Gull and 300 Black-headed Gulls, with c200 Lapwing, c.250 Wigeon and 30 Shoveler around the field and creeks. (AH)
Also, a Water Rail was showing in the creek behind the Visitor Centre. (D & J Killick per SOS)
Wednesday, 1st March: The first day of Spring....well, meteorologically speaking at least! Cloudy, with a light to moderate SSW breeze and starting dry, but with the expectation of showers or heavier periods of rain through the day.....
East Head: An early visit this morning, where I had excellent views of the 2 Snow Buntings on the northern tip, and also 2 full-summer plumaged Mediterranean Gulls, 4 Sanderlings on the beach (one of which is flagged and another has its left foot missing), a male Stonechat, c1000 Brent Geese, lots of singing/displaying Skylarks and Meadow Pipits, plus plenty of waders in the harbour. (AB)
Snowhill Marsh: There was a Greenshank on the marsh and a surprise Jack Snipe which flew around the pools before landing out back. (AB)
Chichester GPs: Ivy Lake - The Scaup was showing well again and a Water Rail was squealing along the path. (AB)