Ferry Pool: There were a Common Sandpiper, six Little Ringed Plovers, six Avocets, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, six Shelducks and four Lapwing on the pool this morning, but just a couple of Whitethroats in the nearby hedges. Also a Painted Lady was by the Small Pool, the first report in a while in what has been a poor summer for them. (AH)
Long Pool: There were around 3-400 Sand Martins this morning over the pool and adjacent harbour, often settling on a couple of dead trees. A few Swallows were with them and half a dozen Swifts and a Peregrine went over, but the hedges were quiet save a few Whitethroats, Reed and Sedge Warblers and a couple of Reed Buntings, and Ferry Channel just held a lone Avocet and c50 Redshank. (AH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pools - There were lots of warblers along the banks and ditches, including c20 Sedge Warblers, c20 Reed Warblers, c10 Willow Warblers and c30 Whitethroats, plus the usual Yellowhammers and Skylarks, and c50 Sand Martins and a few Swallows moved through.
The Stilt Pools were very quiet, with just a single Little Ringed Plover, which acted as though it still had young, though I didn't see any chicks, a Common Sandpiper, a Black-tailed Godwit and two Lapwings being the total of waders seen. There was a new family of six Tufted Ducklings, plus the mother, and the large Shelduck family present, too, but not much else of note, save plenty of Common Blues along the banks. (AH)
East Lake: The nesting Common Terns that were still present yesterday on their precarious outcrop nest have now been forced to abandon their two eggs, the water level having risen during the night. Four Common Terns were over the water along with 6 Sand Martins and a dozen or so Swallows, whilst a Whitethroat was in the bushes and there were a few Sedge Warblers.
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)
Two Arctic Skuas followed our fishing boat back in from around a mile and a half offshore from the Bill this morning. (CW)
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
Also, there was a Purple Hairstreak in the ash tree along the path to the beach. (CRJ)