Selsey Bill: There were just a few Common and Sandwich Terns, plus a Whimbrel west and three Swifts overhead, plus a handful of Willow Warblers in the garden this morning. Full log below.....
Gannet - 20E, 5W
Whimbrel - 1W
Oystercatcher - 5E
Common Tern - 9W
Sandwich Tern - 5W
Swift - 3 area
Willow Warbler - 6 gardens
Ferry Pool: There were two Little Ringed Plovers and two Avocets on the pool this morning, along with a Dunlin, two juvenile Shelduck, six Teal, a Redshank, c70 Black-tailed Godwits and c50 Lapwing.
A couple of Reed Warblers were in the roadside reeds, but the nearby hedgerows had not much more than a couple of Whitethroats in them. (AH/OM)
There were half a dozen Whimbrel, plus a few Ringed Plovers and Dunlin in the harbour, whilst on the beach on the low tide there were c400 Mediterranean Gulls, but just two Common Terns and a Gannet were seen offshore. (AH)
A flock of 20 or so Dunlin dropped in to the Stilt Pools, where there were also two Common Sandpipers. (AW)
Wednesday, 9th August: After a beautiful, still and sunny start the morning rapidly deteriorated as heavy cloud and intermittent drizzle took hold....followed by a long spell of heavy rain through the afternoon.....
There were two Garden Warblers by the pond in the Discovery Area, along with just a couple of Blackcaps and Whitethroats. (AH)
Also a Sparrowhawk was along the Long Pool. (AW)
Church Norton: There were quite a few warblers enjoying the sun near the hide this morning, including at least eight Lesser Whitethroats, including an apparent family of four, a Garden Warbler, a Reed Warbler, three Blackcaps, five Willow Warblers, and up to a dozen Whitethroats, plus a few Swallows, but the rest of the bushes were quiet beyond a scattering Whitethroats and Willow/Chiffs.
There were a few Sandwich Terns and Mediterranean Gulls amongst a fairly distant gull flock offshore, whilst the harbour held three or four Whimbrel and a few Dunlin and Ringed Plover. (AH)
Ivy Lake: There were at least 500 Sand Martins and 100 Swallows feeding over the water and occasionally sitting in the trees this morning, and there were a couple of Whitethroats and a few Willow/Chiffs skulking in the hedges. (AH)
Monday, 7th August: A fairly cool, very grey and blustery morning, brightening up very slowly, to give sunny periods from early afternoon.....
Gannet - 10E, 50W (including flock of c.30 fishing offshore, which slowly drifted off)
Common Scoter - 7E, 18W
Turnstone - 9ob
Oystercatcher - 6W
Curlew - 1W
Common Tern - 28W
Sandwich Tern - 4E, 26W
A walk around the gardens/estate produced 8 Swifts, a Swallow, 17 House Martins (still two active nests), 2 Willow Warblers and 4 Goldfinch (SR)
Also 30+ Swifts and a smattering of Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows were over the Severals, and a Cetti's Warbler was in the hedgerow. (A&YF)
Later in the day a Common Sandpiper was around the first sluice and the three Eider were still distantly in the harbour whilst a Wheatear was along the wall. Little around Halsey's Farm bird-wise other than a couple of Blackcaps and Whitethroats and a Reed Warbler but there were seven species of butterflies present including a Brown Argus and three Commas. A Hornet Moth was also present on the buddleia near the stables. (BI/IB)