Ferry Pool: There was plenty of activity this morning on the pool, with the highlight being a Wood Sandpiper present from early to mid morning before disappearing.
Also unusual was an Egyptian Goose, present first thing, whilst more regular fare included a Greenshank, six Little Ringed Plovers, two Common Sandpipers (with two more in the channel opposite), ten Avocets, c30 Black-tailed Godwits, c25 Lapwings and the four juvenile Shelducks, whilst two Mistle Thrushes flew over. (AH et al)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - There were still three Reed Warblers singing in the ditches towards the first sluice, and a Green Sandpiper shot out from the creek there. There were 50+ Sand Martins and 100+ Swallows feeding and resting along the banks, and there were still plenty of Skylarks and Linnets, plus a scattering of Yellowhammers, Meadow Pipits and Whitethroats about, too.
It was fairly quiet on the Stilt Pool, with just five Common Sandpipers, two juvenile Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover and half a dozen Avocets of note, along with four Teal, the Shelduck family, 14 Canada Geese and the Mute Swan family. (AH)
Late this evening a Barn Owl was showing well along the banks, along with plenty of Skylarks, but there was only one Sand Martin among c40 Swallows, and just a single Dunlin and six Little Ringed Plovers on the Stilt Pool.
Also of note, there was a Red-veined Darter - rare on the peninsula - on the bank by the first sluice. (AB)
Water levels in the Breech Pool are very high and I could only find 17 Mallard, two Cormorants and a Common Tern, though several Black-tailed Godwits tried to land but gave up presumably because the water was too deep. In the field behind Owl Copse there has been an explosion of grasshoppers since the recent rain, of biblical proportions, (though there very few to be seen in Honer 1 field), and a pair of Green Woodpeckers were making the most of this feast.
By Honer Cottages there was a mixed flock of Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Long-tailed Tits, and on Honer reservoir there were were two Tufted Ducks and 11 Black-headed Gulls. whilst two family groups of Sedge Warblers were along Pagham Rife, plus a Common Sandpiper. (JDW)
Wednesday, 12th July: After some heavy overnight rain, a cool and gloomy morning, with heavy cloud and a brisk north-easterly breeze, though dry and with a promise of improvement as the day progresses......
Ferry Pool: There were four Common Sandpipers on the pool this morning, along with the three Little Ringed Plovers, five Avocets, 36 Black-tailed Godwits, 25 Lapwing and the four juvenile Shelducks, whose parents would appear to have now departed to moult elsewhere. Also, a Common Tern dropped in briefly and eight Swifts were feeding overhead.
There was a Spotted Redshank still in the channel opposite with c75 Redshank, and there were also two more Common Sandpipers and ten Black-tailed Godwits present. (AH)
At least one juvenile Peregrine was on its island, a couple of Whimbrel were among c30 Curlews and six Ringed Plovers on the mud, a couple of Linnets and Skylarks were along the beach and the three Eider were again offshore. (AH)
Tuesday, 11th July: A bit of a shock to the system this morning, with cool and grey conditions interrupted by frequent heavy squalls whisked through by the brisk south-westerly breeze and the likelihood of more persistent rain later....which duly arrived late afternoon.
Selsey Bill: (0715-0830hrs) (AH/DF)
Gannet - 135E, 12W
Little Egret - 1W
Common Scoter - 33E, 20W
Mediterranean Gull - 2W
Sandwich Tern - 2E, 14W
Common Tern - 3W
North Wall: Unfortunately the unpredictable water level in the Breech Pool was again too high for most waders this morning and there were just two Black-tailed Godwits present, plus four Teal in amongst some bedraggled Mallards and a Common Tern fishing. Along White's Creek/East side however there were five Yellow-legged Gulls, including two adults, out in the harbour saltings. (OM/BFF)
Church Norton: There were up to ten juvenile Little Terns sat out on the mud this morning, waiting for their parents to bring them food, though the numbers of Sandwich and Common Terns appear to have diminished. Also in the harbour were two Whimbrels, c20 Curlews, seven Dunlin and five Ringed Plovers, whilst the two juvenile Peregrines were sat out in the middle. (AH/DF)
We would like to convey our gratitude to the Friends of Pagham Harbour, and the staff and volunteers at the RSPB Visitor centre, for the invite to your BBQ last evening. It was nice to see you all and thank you for your pleasant company and catering during book-signing services! (OM/AH)