Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - Highlight this morning was a female Marsh Harrier over the maize fields, then the reserve, whilst up to three Whinchats and eight Wheatears were also present along the banks and a Hobby was hawking over the fields. Also seen among the usual suspects were a Corn Bunting, c20 Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, five Reed and two Sedge Warblers, two Kestrels and two Buzzards.
A Green Sandpiper and three Common Sandpipers were on the Stilt Pool, along with a few Gadwall and c100 Canada Geese (plus the Greylag), with three Avocets, up to six Little Ringed Plovers, a Greenshank and a Whimbrel out on the reserve, and a couple of Gannets, plus a few Common and Sandwich Terns, were offshore. Also two Painted Ladies were noted. (PB/AGB/A&YF) A Peregrine was also out in the reserve this morning. (P&BJ)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to Marsh Farm - Fairly quiet in the windy conditions this afternoon, though there were still a Wheatear, two Green Sandpipers and a Willow warbler about, plus 20 Sand Martins. (S&SaH)
Medmerry: Breach area - Along the seawall near Bunn Leisure there were 7 Wheatears this afternoon and 4 Little Terns out over the bay. Also 2 Whimbrel and 30 Grey Plovers were around the breach. (BO'D) A walk along the beach from the Stilt Pool to the breach this morning yielded three Wheatears, a solitary Meadow Pipit and the regular large flock of Linnets. The beachside pools still held four Ringed Plovers but nothing else. Offshore was a large mixed raft of Gulls amongst which were c.30 Mediterranean Gulls. There were four Painted Lady, a Brown Argus and plenty of rather worn Common Blues along the shingle nectaring on the Mayweed, Fleabane & Vetch. (BI)
Chichester Harbour: There are a growing number of waders in the harbour, including c50 Grey Plover and c20 Dunlin by the horse pond this morning in a motley assortment of plumages. (GM)
Sand Martins were moving south over Selsey all day, too, and an Orange Swift moth was in the trap. (S&SaH)
Saturday, 5th August: A very pleasant summer's morning, with plenty of warm sun and white cloud and a brisk westerly breeze....and the odd heavy shower by afternoon!
North Selsey & Park farm: There were 200+ Sand Martins, 100+ House Martins, 50+ Swallows and 30 swifts over the area. (SH)
Friday, 4th August: A reasonable day, fairly warm though still with a blustery westerly and plenty of fast-moving cloud....
Shelduck - 4E
Common Scoter - 2E, 1W
Sanderling - 1W
Oystercatcher - 4W
Turnstone - 6ob
Little Tern - 1W
Common Tern - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 5W
Mediterranean Gull - 1W
Sand Martin - 7 S
This afternoon the pair of Black Swans were present on the lake, and a pair of Lesser Whitethroats were in the hedges between Ivy and Triangle Lakes. (HR/DM)
Also present were a Little Tern, a Sanderling and a Common Sandpiper. (ARK per SOS)
There was no sign of the Cattle Egret again this morning but there were at least 20 Little Egrets sheltering form the brisk wind along the harbour bank and in Owl Copse. Out in the harbour, the three Eider were still present albeit at distance and there were 16 Greenshanks along one of the channels. Very little of note on the Breech Pool with the water very high again but there were six Canada Geese along the back and a good size charm of Goldfinches were feeding around the thistles at the water's edge. A Peregrine flew through near the cattle and put up a few Yellow Wagtails and juvenile Starlings and there was a Reed Warbler in the reeds near the Halsey's Farm sign. (BI/IB/ARK)
Best things today were about 30 pristine juvenile Mediterranean Gulls looking stunning as ever. A juvenile Little Egret was around Owl Copse and caused some confusion with it being smaller and shorter-billed than the adult it was associating with. Other stuff seen included 40+ Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper, 9 Whimbrel, 37 (probably more) Little Egrets and a Sparrowhawk which stooped after circling over Breech Pool, landed in a bush 2m or so away, only just missed a Wren and went on it's way while I was still trying to get my head around what was going on! (J-PC)