Sunday, 1 October 2017

1st - 3rd October 2017

Tuesday, 3rd October: A lovely morning, with lots of warm sunshine and just a light westerly.....

Selsey Bill: Still fairly quiet offshore, though 26 Brent Geese went west, but there was a steady westward passage of Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails, plus a few Swallows. Full log below. (C&ME)
Gannet - 33W
Little Egret - 4N
Brent Goose - 26W
Common Scoter - 5E
Mediterranean Gull - 12W
Sandwich Tern - 7W
auk sp - 2W
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1p
Swallow - 44W
Meadow Pipit - 219W
Pied Wagtail - 94W
Chiffchaff - 6 in Bill House garden

Ferry Pool: The Little Stint and two Green Sandpipers were in the concealed pool by the road, and on the main pool there were a couple of Black-tailed Godwits, a dozen Teal and c80 Lapwing. (AH)

Little Stint (above) & Green Sandpipers on the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: A fairly quick look this morning produced the Whimbrel, three Greenshank, c120 Redshank and two Sandwich Terns in the harbour, a Kingfisher flying through, a Reed Warbler, at least 20 Chiffchaffs and a handful of Blackcaps and Goldcrests in the hedges, and a Peregrine and a few Swallows over. Also there were dozens of Red Admiral butterflies about. (AH)
Also, along the beach/Severals there was a Lesser Whitethroat, two Wheatears and half a dozen Stonechats. (JD/DS/DF)

Greenshanks (above), Whimbrel, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff & Red Admirals and a Peacock at Church Norton (AH)

Medmerry: Toe End - There were a total of seven Wheatears on the rough ground, plus a Whinchat, a Stonechat and a Grey Wagtail, a Merlin went through and there was a steady movement of Meadow Pipits and a few Pied Wagtails west. (SH)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - Highlight was a Merlin being chased - and very nearly caught - by a big Peregrine, before it sped away along the beach.
Otherwise, there were still a selection of summer birds along the banks, including a Whinchat, two Wheatears, a Sedge Warbler, three or four Whitethtroats, half a dozen Chiffchaffs and 20+ Swallows. There were also at least ten Stonechats present, five Corn Buntings were by the 'Yellowhammer bushes', 20+ Skylarks came up from one of the fields and there were at least 40 Yellowhammers and ten Reed Buntings about. Also at least 200 Meadow Pipits were about or moving over, as did 20 Pied Wagtails.
The only waders seen were 30 Lapwing on the Stilt Pool, where there were also hte two Bar-headed Geese and at least 80 Wigeon and 40 Teal and two Brent Geese went west offshore, while other raptors seen were four Kestrels, a Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard. (AH)

Whinchat (above), Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Corn Buntings, Stonechat, Chiffchaff, Merlin, Sparrowhawk & Bar-headed Geese at Medmerry (AH)

This afternoon there were still eight Stonechats about, plus a Wheatear and four Chiffchaffs, the Merlin went through again, two Greenshank and the wintering Common Sandpiper were present, and a Buzzard and 100+ Swallows went over. (S&SaH)
Also, a Merlin and a Sparrowhawk were both pursuing a flock of c300 Linnets towards Greenwood Farm. (BO'D)

Wheatear at Medmerry (SH)

North Wall: There was a flock of Bearded Tits - totalling 14 birds - calling from the Breech Pool reedbed, which eventually took flight, going high to the west. Also, the five Spoonbills were still in the harbour this morning off the north wall, a juvenile Peregrine was out harassing the waders and a Whinchat and seven Stonechats were around the stables. (C&MC/IB)
Early this evening three Wheatears were along the wall, a Reed Warbler was in one of the bushes, at least 20 Reed Buntings came into roost on the Breech Pool and a big flock of Chiffchaffs and Long-tailed Tits raced through. (AH/IB/IH)

Wheatear (above), Reed Warbler, Stonechat & Long-tailed Tits along the North Wall (AH)

Monday, 2nd October: A bright and breezy morning, with a fresh westerly, though still warm for the time of year.....

Selsey Bill: Not much moving offshore beyond the odd Sandwich Tern and Gannet, though there was a steady, if modest, westward movement of Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails and Swallows. Full log below. (C&ME/SR/AH)
Gannet - 15E, 18W
Mediterranean Gull - 7E
Sandwich Tern - 3E, 1W
Swallow - 54W
Meadow Pipit - 130W
Pied Wagtail - 21W

Sandwich Tern (above) & Meadow Pipit at the Bill (AH)

Medmerry: Toe end - A Wheatear was on the rough ground again this morning, and a Merlin went through later on. (SH)

Ferry Pool: A Little Stint popped out a couple of times from the concealed pool, though it was mostly out of view, and seven Snipe and a Redshank were nearby. Also, there were a dozen Black-tailed Godwits, c30 Teal, c120 Lapwing and c500 Black-headed Gulls roosting. (AH)

Little Stint (above), Snipe & Teal on the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: In the harbour on the high tide there were five Sandwich Terns, three Greenshank, what must surely be the wintering Whimbrel, a few Grey Plovers and c150 Redshank.
Around the sheltered hedges there were c25 Chiffchaffs, c10 Goldcrests, a couple of Blackcaps and 40+ Long-tailed Tits, though there was nothing along the beach and Severals beyond a pair of Stonechats and c20 Meadow Pipits and c50 Swallows over west, plus a Clouded Yellow butterfly. (AH)

Greenshanks and Redshanks (above), Redshanks, Whimbrel, Grey Plover and Curlew, Sandwich Tern, Chiffchaff & Long-tailed Tit at Church Norton (AH)

North Wall:  The highlight was probably in
 a sheltered corner just NE of Honer Farm where there was a Pied Flycatcher and a Spotted Flycatcher, plus at least 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Whitethroats.
On a rising tide there was a lot of activity on and along White's Creek - Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank, Oystercatchers, 200 plus Wigeon and 2 Spoonbills that could only be observed from the east side - although later observers counted 4. Along the Wall 2 Cetti's Warblers were calling and at Owl Water there was a lone Swallow.
At the back of the Welbourne horse field were 3 Stonechats, whilst a choppy Honer reservoir held 33 Tufted Ducks and 15 Coot. A bloom of duck weed has enveloped Pagham Rife where the Pennywort has been removed. Stretches of the Rife are bright green, but the duck weed appears to provide a ready meal for the Swans. There seemed to be Red Admiral butterflies everywhere this morning and 2 Clouded Yellows along the Rife. (JDW)

Spoonbills in White's Creek, Mute Swans enjoying the duckweed on Pagham Rife and Red Admiral (JDW)

Later, a White Stork flying over (presumably one of the previous birds of dubious origin?) was mobbed by a Peregrine, whilst along the Wall were 4 Wheatears, 5 Stonechats, a couple of Swallows and a House Martin. (AB) There were also reports from visiting birders of a Merlin, and a flock of 14 Greenshank at the far end of the Wall....

Peregrine & White Stork over the North Wall (AB)

Sunday, 1st October: After a very grey start, a very mild and mostly dry morning after another wet and windy night, with a brisk south-westerly blowing.....

Selsey Bill: Generally, it was quiet, though two Arctic Skuas went west and a few Gannets and the odd Common Scoter were on the move, too.
0700-0915hrs:  (SH/PB/SR/AH/DS/JD et al)
Gannet - 34E, 68W, 11os 
Shag - 1E
Brent Goose - 2W
Common Scoter - 5W
Sandwich Tern - 3E
Arctic Skua - 2W (l/p)
Kittiwake - 1W
Wheatear - 1p
Meadow Pipit - 2W
Swallow - 22W
Common Seal - 1os

Arctic Skua (above), Common Scoter & Common Seal at the Bill (AH)

(1450-1630hrs) (SH/SR)
Gannet - 9E, 28W
Brent Goose - 7W
Arctic Skua - 1W (l/p)
Mediterranean Gull - 2W
Sandwich Tern - 1W

Warner Lane paddocks: There was still a Whinchat braving the weather this morning, along with up to six Stonechats. (AH)

Whinchat (above) & Stonechats at Warner Lane paddocks (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were three Green Sandpipers and a Snipe hidden away in the far corner, while the usual Avocet, c12 Black-tailed Godwits, c20 Teal and c100 Lapwing were also present, while a Grey Wagtail and a Stock Dove both went over. (AH)
Later, around 2pm, an Osprey settled on the fence-posts at the back of the pool for a few minutes before heading off south in the drizzle. (BO'D)

Green Sandpipers (above) & Snipe at the Ferry (AH)

North Wall: The five Spoonbills were roosting together off White's Creek this morning, and there were also a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank and 40 Black-tailed Godwits present in the creek. (PB) The five Spoonbills were still present mid-morning out in the harbour along with 300+ Mediterranean Gulls, three Yellow-legged Gulls, a dozen Pintail and plenty of Wigeon. There were better numbers of waders today with 65 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plovers, 22 Grey Plovers and four Knot on one of the islands and many Redshanks and the Greenshank along White's Creek with also a Bar-tailed Godwit in with 30 Black-tailed Godwits here. In the hedges along the Slipe Field were a flock of mixed Tits and a few Chiffchaffs whilst near the stables were still two Stonechats. (BI)

The five Spoonbills, with Wigeon in the foreground, at North Wall (BI)
Park Farm, Selsey: Around the hedges and fields this morning there were five Grey Wagtails, two Stonechats, a Blackcap, two Goldcrests and at least ten Chiffchaffs. (S&SaH)

Church Norton: A Turtle Dove flew over the first Several and into the trees at the back, but was lost to view. Also, the Little Stint was still present in the harbour this morning, along with  a Curlew Sandpiper, three Greenshanks, two Sandwich Terns, c40 Grey Plovers and 100+ Redshank and Dunlin, plus a fly-through Kingfisher, 30+ Swallows and two House Martins overhead and the five Spoonbills viewable off the North Wall.
There were lots of Chiffchaffs in all the sheltered hedges, with quite a few Goldcrests and half a dozen Blackcaps among them, there were a pair of Stonechats in the horse field and a Spotted Flycatcher and a couple of Whitethroats were between the Severals. Also there were two separate tussles between Sparrowhawks and Jays, and up to ten Gannets were offshore. (AH/S&SaH/HR/DM et al)

Little Stint (above), Greenshank and Redshanks, Sandwich Terns, Sparrowhawk, Whitethroat, Blackcap & Chiffchaff at Church Norton (AH)

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