Ferry Pool: Early this morning (0615hrs) there was a bit of variety present bird-wise, with an Egyptian Goose, three Teal, a Little Ringed Plover, three Common Sandpipers, a Spotted Redshank, three Redshank, three Avocets and 12 Black-tailed Godwits. (SH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - A Hobby over the poplar trees was an unexpected start to the morning, though mostly it was the regular birds in fair numbers today. Along the banks there were several families of Whitethroats,several juveniles among the Yellowhammers and good numbers of Skylarks, Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipits and Linnets, with a Green Sandpiper on one of the outlying pools.
Also a Gannet was offshore, an adult and three juvenile Little Grebes were on the ponds and nine Avocets, four Mediterranean Gulls, a Buzzard and two Kestrels were on/over the reserve. (S& SaH/PB)
Saturday, 15th July: A cool and mostly grey morning, with a moderate south-westerly breeze......
Selsey Bill: (1245-1345hrs) (SH)
Gannet - 3E, 10W
Mediterranean Gull - 2W
Common Tern - 8os
Sandwich Tern - 4W
Little Tern - 2os
Long Pool: There was very little along the pool - just a male Reed Bunting and the odd Reed and Sedge Warbler deep in the reeds, though in Ferry Channel there was a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, c60 Redshank, c40 Lapwing and a Common Tern, plus a Whimbrel and a few Curlew out in the harbour. (AH)
Ivy Lake: Over the water there were eight Common Terns and a dozen or so Swallows and House Martins, plus a couple of Sand Martins, whilst on it were a female Pochard, c40 Tufted Ducks and c30 Great Crested Grebes.
Along the hedges were 30+ Long-tailed Tits, a couple of Chiffchaffs and brief snippets of song from Blackcap and Reed Warbler. (AH)
Medmerry, Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool: There were 11 Black-tailed Godwits and a Curlew out on Ruth's Marsh this morning with two Whitethroats, a Yellowhammer and a few Linnets around the nearby gorse. Further down over the Marsh Barn area pools were a number of Swallows & Sand Martins and a pair of Grey Partridges got up from the field opposite. On the Stilt Pool were two Common Sandpipers and four Little Ringed Plovers whilst feeding over the pools were at least 200 Sand Martins, 20 Swallows and a few House Martins. A look at the beachside pools finally produced with four Ringed Plovers and a Green Sandpiper present; hopefully the shape of things to come here. Along the beach itself was a large flock of Linnets and a surprise in a pair of Rooks going east along the shoreline. A few butterflies were out in the gloomy conditions including Gatekeepers & Meadow Browns but Common Blues were mainly at roost in the longer grass. (BI)
North Wall: This evening there was little on the Breech Pool with the water still high and little mud exposed other than four Black-tailed Godwits and a fishing Common Tern. Out on the saltmarsh were an adult Yellow-legged Gull and a Lesser Black-backed Gull and there were plenty of Redshanks along White's Creek. (BI)
Friday, 14th July: A mixture of sunshine and cloud after a chilly and grey start, with a brisk westerly keeping it cool......
North Wall: Disappointing again; the water level in the Breech Pool was too high for even a single wader early this morning and all that could be found was a couple of eclipse Teal amongst some equally tatty Mallards! Along White's Creek it was just a little better, with singles of Greenshank and Common Sandpiper, 24 Redshank, c.25 Curlew and a single Whimbrel. Closer inspection of the roosting gulls on the saltmarsh produced a Lesser Black-backed Gull and three Yellow-legged Gulls, consisting of an adult, a 4-cy and a juvenile (OM).