Sunday, 23 July 2017

23rd - 24th July 2017

Monday, 24th July: A very autumnal feel this morning, with a cool and brisk north-westerly and heavy grey cloud, occasionally breaking for a glimpse of the sun.....

Selsey Bill: (1130-1220hrs) (BI)
Gannet - 7E, 1W
Arctic Skua - 1os, chasing Tern then W (d/p)
Sandwich Tern - 1E, 5W

Two Arctic Skuas followed our fishing boat back in from around a mile and a half offshore from the Bill this morning. (CW)

Arctic Skuas off the Bill (CW)

Ferry Pool: The Egyptian Goose was back again this morning, along with a total of 17 Shelducks, five Avocets, eight Black-tailed Godwits and 20 Lapwings.
A family of Reed Warblers were in the hedge opposite, but there wasn't much else on a look round the Discovery Area and Tramway, beyond a couple of Whitethroats and Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff and 20 Sand Martins over, plus a couple of Whimbrel in the harbour and c50 Redshank in Ferry Channel. (AH)

Egyptian Goose and Shelduck (above), Reed Warblers and juvenile Robin around the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: It would appear that all the Little Terns have moved off - with none at all in the harbour, though there were still 20 or so Sandwich Terns and half a dozen Common Terns present, along with three Whimbrel, a Grey Plover, c30 Curlews and c20 Redshanks.
There was little in the bushes beyond a couple of skulking Willow/Chiffs and Whitethroats, though at least a dozen Swallows were around the hide and a dozen Swifts feeding overhead. (AH)

Sandwich Terns (above), Whimbrel, Whitethroat & Swallows at Church Norton (AH)

North Wall: Highlight this morning was a flock of Swifts feeding low over Church Farm - about 70 birds in all. Along White's Creek were seven Black-tailed Godwits, one Common Sandpiper, three Mute Swans, a Little Egret and around 30 bathing Black-headed Gulls. Four Magpies were ominously close to the stables at Welbourne where the Swallows breed. The water on the Breech Pool was very high and as a result there were no waders to be seen, though birds recorded there were two Little Egret, a Cormorant and a few Mallard and Teal, and if you were patient a few Reed and Sedge Warblers could be seen along the Wall , but otherwise it was very quiet. (JDW)

Sunday, 23rd July: After another very wet night, a pleasant summer's morning, with some warm sunshine and a moderate westerly breeze before the cloud built up again and more heavy rain followed....

Selsey Bill: (1300-1400hrs) (SH)
Gannet - 4E, 5W
Arctic Skua - 2os then E (d/p)
Sandwich Tern - 1E, 6W
Common Tern - 1W

Ferry Pool: Early on, there were a seven Avocets, a Common Sandpiper and a dozen or so Black-tailed Godwits, plus a Stock Dove, on the pool, and a Sedge Warbler among several Reed Warblers in the reeds at the front. 
Later on, first a Buzzard, then a Peregrine upset everything on the pool, whilst along the adjacent hedges there were a couple of juvenile Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and a Lesser Whitethroat. (AH/IP)

Reed Warbler (above), Reed and Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Black-tailed Godwits, Avocets and Black-tailed Godwits & Peregrine around the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: There were several more juvenile Willow Warblers, plus a few Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers, Whitethroats and Reed Buntings along the Severals, with a Gadwall and a couple of Little Grebes on the second Several.
Out in the harbour there were plenty of Little and Sandwich Terns, plus a couple of Common Terns and a few Mediterranean Gulls, plus a Peregrine on the salt-marsh and a few Linnets along the beach. There were also a couple of Whimbrel, a dozen Curlews, three Turnstones and singles of Redshank, Ringed Plover and Dunlin in hte harbour and five Grey Plovers flew in with a couple more Dunlin. (AH/IP/S&SaH)
Also, there was a Purple Hairstreak in the ash tree along the path to the beach. (CRJ)

Willow Warblers (above), Reed Warbler & Sandwich Tern at Church Norton (AH)

Park Farm, Selsey: There were 20+ Sand Martins among the House Martins and Swallows this morning, a Sparrowhawk and a Swift went over and there were seven Pied Wagtails on the fields and a Whitethroat in the hedges. (AH/IP/S&SaH)

Ivy Lake Complex:  
East Lake - I watched while a pair of Common Terns defended their nest against intruding Canada Geese, they have eggs but I fear their greatest danger comes from the rising water levels.  A Reed Warbler was being fed by its parent in the margins and there was a family of Long-tailed Tits and plenty of feeding Swallows over the lake.  
Ivy Lake - The first juvenile Great Crested Grebes of the year were about with two families of three young, one of two and another with just the one.  A Tufted Duck had a family of four tiny ducklings, but I could only find one Pochard about. There were nine Common Terns, a Blackcap, a Whitethroat, family of Long-tailed Tits, a Cettis Warbler, and a Sedge Warbler along the edges.  
Nunnery Lake -  There were two female Pochards and three tiny ducklings present, along with six Gadwall, a pair of Mute Swans with three cygnets and a Coot with young.  
West Trout Lake -  Two more  Common Terns looked as if they were trying to make a scrape for a nest on this pit, which seems terribly late, and there were also one large Black-headed Gull chick and half a dozen juveniles plus large numbers of Tufted Ducks and more Canada Geese about.  (SR)

Common Terns and Canada Geese at the Ivy Lake complex (SR)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

20th -22nd July 2017

Saturday, 22nd July: After a very wet night, there was a bit of respite this morning, despite the strong south-westerly breeze and the odd squall, before further bands of rain set in from lunchtime...

Selsey Bill: (0600-0750hrs) (SH)
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 47E, 15W
Grey Heron - 1N
Common Scoter - 6E, 28W
Curlew - 1W
Arctic Skua - 1E (d/p)
Sandwich Tern - 3E, 30W
Common Tern - 15W
Little Tern - 13W
Swift - 3S

Selsey, East Street: About 40 Swifts were feeding low over the buildings this evening. (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were five Avocets, two Common Sandpipers, four juvenile and two adult Little Ringed Plovers on the pool, plus c40 Black-tailed Godwits and two Teal on the pool,  a Kestrel was at the back and a Kingfisher flew over.  Also a buck Roe Deer was at the back.
At Ferry House corner there were two Lesser Whitethroats, with another behind the centre, and there were also one or two Blackcaps and Whitethroats about, and three Whimbrels were off the Tramway. (CRJ/AH)

Little Ringed Plovers (above), Whimbrel & Comma around Ferry (AH)

Long Pool: There were a couple of Common Sandpipers present early on in Ferry Channel and a couple of Roe Deer in the adjacent fields. (AW)

Common Sandpipers (above) & Roe Deer from Long Pool (AW)

A bit later the Spotted Redshank was in the inaccessible area in the middle of Ferry Channel with c50 Redshank, and one or two Reed and Sedge Warblers and Whitethoats were along the pool. (AH)

Reed Warbler (above) & Sedge Warbler along Long Pool (AH)

Church Norton: There were at least 20 Little Terns and 50 Sandwich Terns in the harbour at high tide, along with a few Common Terns and 20+ Mediterranean Gulls, plus a couple of Common Sandpipers, a couple of Whimbrel and a few Curlews, Redshank and Turnstones.
Also a lone Brent Goose flew through, a juvenile Peregrine was out in the harbour, a couple of Gannets were distantly offshore and the family of Swallows were still around the hide. (AH)

Little and Sandwich Terns, Mediterranean and Black-head Gull (above), Sandwich Tern, Whimbrel & Swallows at Church Norton (AH)

There wasn't too much different this evening, but there were at least a dozen juvenile Sandwich Terns and similar of Little Terns in the harbour. (AH)

Little Terns and Sandwich Terns at Church Norton (AH)

Friday, 21st July: A dry start with a south-south east breeze with the possibility of the odd shower later in the day...

Ferry Pool: There were at least 30 Black-tailed Godwits on the Ferry Pool this morning along with five Avocets, two Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper. A Green Woodpecker was also present and a Blackcap was in the hedgerow nearby. (AW) This evening along Ferry channel were a good number of Redshanks & Lapwings, a Little Egret and a Kingfisher. (AW)

Common Sandpiper and juvenile Little Ringed Plover on the Ferry Pool (AW)

Around the Discovery area there were up to ten Blackcaps and a couple of Whitethroats, plus a brief snippet of Chiffchaff song, and half a dozen Swifts went over west. 
Also there were three Brown Hares in the stubble field behind the EA yard.(AH)

Blackcaps (above), Brown Hares, Avocet, Lapwings & Black-tailed Godwit around the Ferry (AH)

Long Pool: The Spotted Redshank and two Greenshanks were lurking in the most inaccessible part of Ferry Channel, along with a Whimbrel and c150 Redshanks, and there were four Common Sandpipers at the pump end.
Along the pool itself there were a few Reed and Sedge Warblers, mostly keeping low, a family of Skylarks along the edge of the wheat field and c30 Swallows and a couple of Sand Martins went over. (AH)

Spotted Redshank and Redshanks (above), Common Sandpipers, Reed Warbler, Skylark & Little Egret from Long Pool (AH)

North Wall: Very breezy here this morning keeping activity to a minimum but on the Breach Pool were 20+ Black-tailed Godwits and a Common Tern. (AW)

Common Tern (above), & Black-tailed Godwits on the Breach Pool (AW)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - The wind was blowing here too and there was little along the banks other than a Yellowhammer or two and a few Goldfinches but on the Stilt Pool were two Common Sandpipers, three Little Ringed Plovers, 12 Avocets with at least 20 Sand Martins overhead. (AW)

Yellowhammer (above) & Common Sandpiper at Medmerry (AW)

Church Norton: A skua - presumably an Arctic Skua, and possibly a juvenile - was inside the harbour this evening, chasing the terns. (AW) 

Presumed Arctic Skua and Sandwich Terns at Church Norton (AW)

Thursday, 20th July: A mainly cloudy morning and still fairly humid, with a fresh to strong westerly wind and the risk of a thundery shower, but the promise of sunny breaks later....

A request  - due to 'staff absences' over the next few days, would all contributors please be sure to also copy in our deputy editor Bart with all submissions. Many thanks. (Eds)

Selsey Bill: An Arctic Skua went east past Hillfield Road at 7.20am. (SH) A look between 7.30-8.00am produced just - Gannet - 27E, 12W, Mediterranean Gull - 1W  & Sandwich Tern - 2E, 3W. (AH)

Mediterranean Gull (above) & Gannet past the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There was no sign of yesterday's Wood Sandpiper this morning, though the Ruff was still present, along with a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, three Little Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin, three Avocets and 35 Black-tailed Godwit, and there were a dozen Mediterranean Gulls on the adjacent stubble fields.
A Kingfisher flew along the channel opposite, where there was also a Spotted Redshank among c60 Redshank and a Common Sandpiper. (AH et al)

Spotted Redshank (above), Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit, Little Ringed Plover & Common Sandpiper around the Ferry (AH)

North Wall: Very little was on the Breech Pool this morning, with the water level having risen again; 16 Black-tailed Godwits were the only birds of note. (BFF)

Church Norton: There were still around 30 Little Terns and 50 Sandwich Terns in the harbour, but only a handful of Common Terns were present. Also about were a dozen Mediterranean Gulls, three Whimbrel, c30 Curlew, four Ringed Plovers, six Turnstones, a few Swallows and Linnets, plus a young Peregrine disturbing the terns. (AH)

Little Terns (above), juvenile Sandwich Terns, Swallow, Whimbrel, Ringed Plovers & Mallard family at Church Norton (AH)