Ferry Pool: There were a Common Sandpiper, 14 Lapwings, three Black-tailed Godwits and the Shelduck family on the pool this morning. Around the Discovery area there were up to ten Blackcaps, a family of Whitethroats, a couple of singing Chiffchaffs and large numbers of juvenile Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tits, plus two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (AH)
Long Pool: There were still a couple of Reed and Sedge Warblers singing, plus a few Long-tailed Tits and Linnets about, with a juvenile Little Grebe and three families of Coots on the water. A Common Sandpiper was in Ferry Channel, along with c40 Redshanks and c20 Curlews. (AH)
North Wall: The water level on the Breech Pool had dropped a little and 56 Black-tailed Godwits and several Redshank were present this morning, with a Common Tern paying a visit and at least six Sand Martins passing through. It was otherwise quiet though, except for some snatches of Sedge and Reed Warbler song and several of the latter flicking about in the reeds.
In White's Creek a party of two adult and 11 young Shelduck - presumably a crèche - were notable, plus a couple of Great Crested Grebes, whilst some loafing gulls out on the saltmarsh and obscured by vegetation finally moved enough to give their identity away as Yellow-legged Gulls (two adults and a sub-adult). (OM)
Church Norton: There were still plenty of Little, Common and Sandwich Terns about the island, two Peregrines on the salt-marsh and two Whimbrel with a dozen Curlews on the mud, but very little on the land-side beyond a couple of Swallows, Skylarks and Linnets. (AH)
Sunday, 2nd July: A very pleasant summer's day, with more sunshine than cloud and a modest westerly breeze.....
As you were: Just a short editorial note to say that we have recently had one of our occasional discussions on what changes or improvements we might make to this little blog, in order to ensure that things don't stagnate. We have listened to your feedback, comments and suggestions and fully considered things, given the opportunities, time and availability that each of us has, and basically decided that we will continue with our tried and tested formula for the time being. It works for us, so we hope it does for you too, even if the odd error creeps in, the odd photo is a bit distant or the odd rant about the traffic goes on a bit! You will note that our 'techno kid' Bart has now added a Twitter link, and he may yet come up with other modern delights beyond the wit of the other two more elderly editors, but meanwhile, good birding to all. (Eds)
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Park Farm, Selsey: At least 10 Sand Martins were with House Martins and Swallows around the farm this afternoon, and nearby a Sparrowhawk went over our house. (S&SaH)
Saturday, 1st July: The second half of the year started on a cool and grey note, though dry in the brisk north-westerly breeze.....
Medmerry: Stilt Pool - A Wood Sandpiper was on the Stilt Pool this morning, along with a Common Sandpiper, a Common Tern, a broooding Ringed Plover, three or four juvenile Little Ringed Plovers and three Avocet families. (IL)
The Wood Sandpiper was still present early afternoon, and, in addition to the above, there were c30 Sand Martins feeding over the pool. (AH)