Selsey Bill: (0800-0900hrs) (AH)
Red-throated Diver - 2E
Great Northern Diver - 1E, 1W, 2os
Slavonian Grebe - 2os, then E
Great Grested Grebe - 9W
Gannet - 7E, 25W
Shag - 1E
Brent Goose - 1E
Common Scoter - 3E
Red-breasted Merganser - 2E, 2os
Kittiwake - 2W
Razorbill - 1W, 1os
Ferry Pool: There were 14 Golden Plovers with c300 Lapwing, eight Shelduck and five Redshanks at the back, with a coupe of Snipe in the reeds, c80 Teal on the water and c250 Wigeon in the arable field.
Also, the Spotted Redshank and three Little Grebes were in the channel opposite and a pair of Gadwall were in the rife. (AH)
Church Norton: The Velvet Scoter was still in the harbour, along with half a dozen Little and Great Crested Grebes and a couple of Red-breasted Mergansers, whilst the Whimbrel was still in its usual area.
A Firecrest and a couple of Goldcrests were along the path at the back of the churchyard and half a dozen Jays were being very active in the voicinity.
There was nothing save a lonely Teal on the sea, though a Red-throated Diver, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Mediterranean Gull and two Gannets flew west offshore and half a dozen Skylarks and Meadow Pipits and c100 Greenfinches were along the spit. (AH)
Tuesday, 12th December: A complete opposite to yesterday, if still struggling to get above freezing, with bright sun and barely a breath of wind all morning, though clouding up later.....
Ferry Pool: Just a Snipe, a Redshank, a Mallard and five Moorhens on the pool this morning, with c50 Wigeon on the field and similar of Wigeon and Teal in the channel opposite. (AH)
North Wall: The Breech Pool held mainly Wigeon and Mallard, though c30 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff dropped in (out of view!) at the back. A Rock Pipit was by the sluice, a Kingfisher flew through and a Fieldfare, four Song Thrushes, four Yellowhammers and a dozen Reed Buntings were along the bushes.
In White's Creek there were two Spotted Redshank, c100 Lapwing, c100 Wigeon and 20+ Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit. (AH)
East side, Lagoon and Spit: About 2000 Brent Geese dropped into the harbour, and there were large numbers of many of the commoner species, including Pintail, Wigeon, Knot and Dunlin, plus one or two Bar-tailed Godwits. Also, along the hedgerow by the Slipe field there were 200+ Linnets and 20+ Reed Buntings.
The lagoon was fairly empty, with just the drake Goldeneye and a female Pochard of note among the usual Little Grebes, Tufted Ducks and Mallard.
The drake joined the two redhead Goldeneye in the harbour, but there wasn't much else beyond a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers and half a dozen Little and Great Crested Grebes, with just a Kingfisher, half a dozen Skylarks and a Meadow Pipit along the spit. (AH)
Honer Reservoir: Twenty Shelduck dropped in on the reservoir and two Egyptian Geese were on the maize field this morning, as were c100 Skylarks and c20 Meadow Pipits.
Along the hedges there were at least 30 Fieldfare, a handful of Redwing and 40 Reed Buntings, plus a few Linnets, Song Thrushes and Blackbirds. (AH)
Church Norton: A quick walk at lunchtime found three Shovelers on the 2nd Several - one drake and two females, and there were also two Bullfinches in the bushes near the concrete wall. (AW)
Monday, 11th December: A truly horrible morning, with a near gale-force and bitingly cold north-easterly blowing, and persistent heavy sleety rain....
Red-throated Diver - 1E
Great Northern Diver - 2E, 1W
Gannet - 14E, 34W
Common Scoter - 2E
Red-breasted Merganser - 1E
Common Gull - 2W
Kittiwake - 1E, 2W
Razorbill - 1W
Medmerry: Toe End - The regular flock of 30 or so Common Scoters was still offshore, whilst a male Velvet Scoter went west and ten or more Gannets went east. (SH)
Ferry Pool: There were seven Shovelers, six Shelducks, nine Redshank, c60 Teal and c150 Lapwing around the pool and field, whilst there were a Spotted Redshank, a Little Egret and two Little Grebes in the channel opposite. (AH)
Church Norton: The Velvet Scoter was once again in the main channel and four Red-breasted Mergansers were towards the harbour mouth. Out on the mud there were three Bar-tailed Godwits, c100 Knot and c500 Dunlin, plus at least 20 Shelducks, whilst the Whimbrel was in its usual area and 16 Red-legged Partridges were along Rectory Lane. (AH/AW)
Chi GPs - Drayton Pits: At least 125 Shovelers from the railway gates this morning along with two Great Crested Grebes, two Cormorants, 25 Tufted Ducks and 36 Pochards. (BI)
Sunday, 10th December: A complete contrast to yesterday, with a strong gale-force westerly blowing all morning and intermittent heavy rain....
Great Crested Grebe - 4W
Gannet - 6E, 44W
Teal - 2E
Red-breasted Merganser - 2W, 1os
Sanderling - 3 ob
Razorbill - 1os
auk sp - 1E
Kittiwake - 4W
Mediterranean Gull - 1os
Red-throated Diver - 2E
Great Crested Grebe - 1W, 1os
Gannet - 10E, 13W
Red-breasted Merganser - 7W, 2os
Common Scoter - 10 os
Kittiwake - 7W
Mediterranean Gull - 1E
Later there were two Goldeneye on the second Several, plus two Mediterranean Gulls offshore. (SH)