Tuesday, 5th December: The lull before the storm! A quiet morning of light breeze and leaden skies, and quite mild, too, before the westerly wind started to pick up....
Selsey Bill: Not too much was passing, though, as usual, a reasonable selection of species. Full log below....
Red-throated Diver - 6E, 14W
Great Northern Diver - 1W, 3os
Diver sp - 4W
Great Crested Grebe - 1E, 5W, 2os
Gannet - 5E, 15W
Little Egret - 1W
Shag - 3E
Brent Goose - 7E, 2W
Common Scoter - 10E, 7W, 2os
Red-breasted Merganser - 11os
Dunlin - 1W
Turnstone - 32 ob
Razorbill - 3E, 5W, 6os
auk sp - 15E, 4W
Pied Wagtail - 2W
Chiffchaff - 1 gardens
Ferry Pool: This morning there were three Redshanks, a Black-tailed Godwit, eight Shoveler, c40 Teal and c80 Wigeon on the pool. (AH)
Church Norton: The two Snow Buntings were around the concrete slabs again this morning, and a female Bullfinch and a couple of Jays were around the Mound area.
Offshore the Black-throated Diver was present again, oddly keeping close company and feeding with a Great Northern Diver. There were at least another three of the latter on the sea, along with a Red-throated Diver, at least 22 Slavonian Grebes, a single female Eider and a dozen Great Crested Grebes, whilst the two redhead Goosanders were around the small offshore islet from the harbour mouth. Also, the Velvet Scoter was once again along the main channel in the harbour. (AH/IH/JD/DF/DS/BFF/DM et al)
East Head: A Red-necked Grebe and a Black-throated Diver were offshore in the harbour, along with three Great Northern Divers, a Guillemot, a Slavonian Grebe and seven Sandwich Terns. (BFF/DM)
North Wall: Late news from Friday (1st Dec), when a Bittern was seen and filmed feeding along Bremere Rife, several hundred metres inland from the North Wall. (IL)
Today, the pair of Stonechats were still at Welbourne stables, along with a Mistle Thrush and there were over a 1000 Brent Geese along White's Creek.
On the Breech Pool there were 78 Black-tailed Godwits, seven Common Snipe and a Spotted Redshank, with two Redwing along the wall, whilst in a partially flooded field along Pagham Rife were five more Common Snipe and two Curlews.
The Mute Swan herd north-east of Honer reservoir has risen to 61 and the two Black Swans were with them, but, apart from a Coot and 19 Black-headed Gulls the reservoir was empty. Later in the field behind Honer Cottages there were 1100 Brent Geese.. (JDW)
At around 1630hrs a Barn Owl (with quite a dark face) was hunting the area just north of the Breech Pool. (DSh)
At Pagham Rife, the remote mink-monitoring camera used by the Manhood Wildlife & Heritage Group picked up the Bittern that has been in the area for a while. (MWHG)
Chi GPs - Ivy Lake: A brief visit this afternoon was rewarded with the sight of the Black Swan family, consisting of parents and 3 well grown cygnets. I last saw the family on the 17th June when the cygnets were tiny and it's good to know they've all made it to 6 months or thereabouts. Other birds were 6 Pochard, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 18 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler and c25 Tufted Duck and 3 flocks of Long-tailed Tits. (SR)
Red-throated Diver - 4W
Great Northern Diver - 3E, 2os
Great Crested Grebe - 3E, 1os
Gannet - 2E
Shag - 1W
Shelduck - 2E
Red-breasted Merganser - 4E, 3os
Common Scoter - 2os
auk sp - 6E
Mediterranean Gull - 1W
Pied Wagtail - 2W, 1ob