Also, late this morning the two White Storks (seen earlier over Church Norton - see below) flew over high, heading west. (SR/IL/BI/AH et al).
Gannet - 1E, 2W
Mediterranean Gull - 4W
Sandwich Tern - 3W
Swallow - 27W
House Martin - 5W
Meadow Pipit - 64W
Yellow Wagtail - 1W
Pied Wagtail - 1E, 1W
Willow Warbler - 1p
Chiffchaff - 4p
Medmerry: Toe End - A Short-eared Owl flew over towards Selsey this morning, and also about were a Hobby, a Sparrowhawk, seven Wheatears, a Willow Warbler, 100+ Sand Martins and 300+ Swallows, with four Sandwich Terns offshore and three Buzzards overhead. (SH)
Ferry Pool: There were ten Black-tailed Godwits, 40 Lapwing and 12 Teal on the pool this morning. (AH)
Church Norton: A Red-rumped Swallow was seen briefly this morning, but could not be relocated later. Also the two White Storks went over (see above), and there were two Spotted Flycatchers, two Garden Warblers, a dozen Chiffchaffs and one or two Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroats and Whitethroats behind the hide. (A&YF)
Later on there was a Stonechat, a couple of Wheatears, a Lesser Whitethroat and one or two Whitethroats and Chiffchaffs along the Severals, plenty of Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows over, plus a Hobby, a Whimbrel was in the harbour and a couple of Sandwich Terns offshore. Also a stoat was near the orchard at Greenlease Farm. (AH/IP/SaH)
There were at least 500 Meadow Pipits present, mostly towards the Stilt Pool, though they weren't obviously on the move, and there were also 2-400 Sand Martins and House Martins, joined by 100+ Swallows, around the pools.
Among resident birds there were five Corn Buntings among the Yellowhammers on their favourite bush, a scattering of Reed Buntings and 200+ Linnets and Goldfinches.
As ever, waders were few, comprising a Common Sandpiper, a Ruff, three Dunlin and 25 Lapwing on the Stilt Pool and a Greenshank, a couple of Curlews and 20+ Black-tailed Godwits by the poplars, whilst wildfowl included 25 Wigeon, 20 Teal, three Shoveler and 15 Gadwall, plus at least 200 Canada Geese. (AH)
Snowhill Creek/Ellanore: Plenty of waders on Snowhill Creek this morning: 50+ Redshanks, three Spotted Redshanks, six Greenshanks, two Bar-tailed Godwits and ten Black-tailed Godwits all being present. There were also good number of Teal and around the bushes/reeds were two Stonechats, four Whitethroats and a female Blackcap. At Ellanore, a Kingfisher flew down the channel, a Curlew and a Whimbrel were out on the mud and there was a very large mixed Gull flock, probably numbering into the '000s. The flock consisted of mainly Black-headed & Herring Gulls but there were at least 250 Mediterranean Gulls at the south end as well as a few Sandwich Terns. (BI)
A video of the flock showing its extent is here: Gulls
Common Scoter - 7E
Sandwich Tern - 4os.
Grey Wagtail - 2W
Pied Wagtail - 8W
Meadow Pipit - 87W
Swallow - 1E, 62W
House Martin - 12W
Sand Martin - 9W
Carrion Crow - 9W
Ferry Pool: There were five young Shelducks on the pool, along with the regular half a dozen Black-tailed Godwits, eight Teal and c20 Lapwing, with a few Teal and Redshank in the channel opposite.
There were up to six Yellow Wagtails and 50+ Swallows in with the cattle on Ferry Field, and similar of Meadow Pipits went over west, but a look round the tramway circuit only produced a handful of Blackcaps, Whitethroats and Chiffchaffs. (AH/AB)
This evening the Egyptian Goose flew out with four Shelducks. (AH)
Long Pool: Along Ferry Channel there were a Spotted Redshank, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Kingfisher, with a Lesser Whitethroat in the hedges. (AB)
Medmerry: Toe End - Around 350 Meadow Pipits and six Grey Wagtails went west over the breach area this morning, and there was also a Wheatear and a Bar-tailed Godwit about. (SH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to Greenwood Farm - A female Merlin was out chasing passerines this afternoon, and there were also three Whinchats along the banks, a flock of 80 House Sparrows going to roost and the Egyptian Goose flew over with three Shelducks. (BO'D)
Church Norton: It was generally fairly quiet this morning, though five Yellow Wagtails in with the sheep behind the hide was unusual. Otherwise it was a usual mix of a few Whitethroats and Blackcaps and 20+ Chiffchaffs and the odd Willow Warbler and Goldcrest in the bushes and a few Meadow Pipits, Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows over westwards, whilst along the beach/Severals there were three Whinchats, two Stonechats and two Wheatears, with a Spotted Redshank in the channel by the horse field.
Up to four Sandwich Terns were in the harbour, along with two Bar-tailed Godwits, a few Grey and Ringed Plovers and 12 Great Crested Grebes, with two Buzzards and a Peregrine going over. (AH/JD/PC/A&YF et al)
North Wall: On White's Creek there were 40 Wigeon, the usual Common Redshanks, Black-tailed Godwits, Oystercatchers and a lone Greenshank, but the Breech Pool held just 40+ Mallard, 8 Teal, a Great Crested Grebe and 5 Cormorants.
In the field immediately north of Owl Copse there was a Cattle Egret and seven Yellow Wagtails amongst the cattle, before the egret flew off in a south-easterly direction.
At Honer Reservoir there were nine Tufted Ducks and three Little Grebes, whilst there was a small but steady westwards movement of hirundines, consisting of 48 Sand Martins, 28 House Martins and 16 Swallows. Around Honer Farm there were six Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers, a Goldcrest and, a pleasant surprise - a Bullfinch. Also, 44 Collared Doves were feeding in the field north of Church Lane. (JDW)
Gannet - 8E
Shag - 2E
Common Scoter - 7E
Sandwich Tern - 6W
Pied Wagtail - 1ob
Meadow Pipit - 11W
shearwater sp - 2W (very distant, but probably Balearic)
Gannet - 1E, 2W
Tufted Duck - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 4W
Common Tern - 4W
Commic Tern - 2W
auk sp - 1E