Ferry Pool: There were 11 Snipe in the reeds this morning, but just a couple of Redshank and c80 Lapwing on the pool, with 80 Teal in the channel opposite. Sadly there was a dead Shelduck on the field. (AH)
Selsey Coastguard Station: There were a Guillemot, three Razorbills, four Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver and a Great Crested Grebe offshore this morning. (AH)
There were few waders about, though the Common Sandpiper and 50 Lapwing were on the Stilt Pool and a Curlew and a few Redshank were near the poplars. Four Greylag Geese flew over and there were a few distant Brent Geese, whilst on the Stilt Pool there were a dozen Shoveler and a few Tufted Duck among 50+ Wigeon and Teal. (AH)
Medmerry - Toe End/Breach: This morning there were 46 Common Scoter offshore, plus 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Razorbills and a Guillemot, all on a flat calm sea. (SH)
Church Norton: A quick late morning look produced the Whimbrel and the two Peregrines in their regular sites, and a Reed Bunting on the path to the beach, but there were very few birds offshore - with a dozen (mostly distant) Slavonian Grebes and a few Great Crested Grebes being the sum. (AH)
North Wall: Another Barn Owl was hunting just north of the Breech Pool at sundown (this bird with a typical face and not the darker-faced individual seen recently) (DSh)
Monday, 18th December: A beautiful crisp and bright morning, with a light north-north-westerly picking up later on....
Red-throated Diver - 12E, 62W
Great Northern Diver - 2os, 1W
diver sp - 2E
Great Crested Grebe - 1E, 1os
Gannet - 3E, 18W
Common Scoter - 11E, 7W
Red-breasted Merganser - 5E, 11W
Razorbill - 3W, 6os
auk sp - 3E, 306W
Kittiwake - 2W
Mediterranean Gull - 2E, 1os
Selsey, East Beach: A Stonechat was back on Selsey Common this morning. (SR)
Pagham Lagoon/Spit: The Long-tailed Duck was with c30 Tufted Duck on the lagoon this morning, but there wasn't much else of note besides the drake Goldeneye, before it re-joined the two females in the harbour. The two redhead Goosanders were near the harbour mouth, along with half a dozen Red-breasted Mergansers, and offshore there was a Great Northern Diver and a dozen Slavonian Grebes.
On the spit itself there were a Stonechat and a handful of Linnets, Greenfinches and Meadow Pipits, with plenty of Wigeon, Teal and Wigeon, plus the roosting waders in the harbour. Offshore from the yacht club were ten Red-breasted Mergansers, six Great Crested Grebes and two Slavonian Grebes and a large flock of gulls was working around the trawler fleet. (AH/BI)
North Wall: A Redwing was in my garden along with 12 Long-tailed and two Coal Tits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
A male Mink was by the old sluices, and water levels were high on the Breech Pool, meaning there were just the usual Mallard and Teal plus a Canada Goose, a Little Grebe and seven Common Snipe. In Honer 3 field there were 47 Curlew and 140 Black-tailed Godwits. Pagham Rife has now been cleared of Pennywort.
There were just two Coots on Honer Reservoir, whilst the herd of 56 Mute Swans and their two Black cousins were still in the field behind the reservoir. They were later disturbed and I saw them flying behind the Breech Pool but they appeared to go back to their favourite field. Along Honer Lane there were 16 Yellowhammers, nine Reed Buntings, three Meadow Pipits and a Green Woodpecker. Early on a flock of some 1200 Brent Geese left the Harbour heading north-west, though two hours later they were back on White's Creek. (JDW)
Also, in White's Creek early on there was a Spotted Redshank. (AH)
Usual winter fare this afternoon, but a beautiful day. There were at least 17 Snipe at the back of the Breech pool, 30 Curlew in the flooded fields and a Grey Wagtail, a Rock Pipit and a Kingfisher around the Salthouse and horses field. (RHa)
The mixed flock of Linnets and Greenfinches was still on the spit, along with a few Skylarks and the Whimbrel was still in its usual haunt and there were plenty of the regular waders and wildfowl roosting away the high tide. (MJ/AW/AH)
Chi GPs - Ivy Lake complex: A short visit failed to find any of the scarcer wildfowl (or indeed any large finches in the surrounding trees!); the only birds of note were c.80 Shoveler (New Lake) and 93 Greylag Geese (the most I've seen here) in front of the chalets, with a Bar-headed Goose. (OM)
Also, the five Barnacle Geese were near Toe End late in the afternoon. (TG-P)
Mediterranean Gull - 1os
Kittiwake - 1E, 9W
Sandwich Tern - 3os
auk sp - 21W