Saturday, 14 July 2018

14th - 16th July 2018

Monday, 16th July: The weather remains settled, with more hot sunshine and blues skies and just a light north-westerly breeze.......

Ferry Pool: There were two Common Sandpipers on the pool this morning, along with the pair of Avocets plus chick, two Teal, five Lapwings and eight Black-tailed Godwits. (AH)

Common Sandpiper (above) & Black-tailed Godwit on the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: Early this morning there was a single Avocet in the harbour before being chased off by terns, a Common Sandpiper was very active in front of Tern Island and the seven Pale-bellied and one Dark-bellied Brent were out in the middle, whilst a Buzzard went over, mobbed by a single Common Tern. Also, a Chiffchaff was seen and heard briefly in the churchyard. (AW)

Pale-bellied and Dark-bellied Brent Geese (above), Avocet & Common Tern and Buzzard at Church Norton (AH)

There were still at least 80 Sandwich Terns, 30 Little Terns and a dozen Common Terns mostly on the mud near the island, along with half a dozen Mediterranean Gulls, eight Black-tailed Godwits, two Whimbrel, five Ringed Plovers and c40 Dunlin, along with the usual Curlews and Redshanks. 
Also, c30 Swallows were feeding over the horse field, a Green-veined White was along the path to the harbour and a mother Mallard was leading her five very young ducklings down Rectory Lane towards the Priory. (AH)

Little Terns (above), Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Mallard family & Green-veined White at Church Norton (AH)

Pagham-east side: A brief look this morning found two adult Yellow-legged Gulls, a few Mediterranean Gulls and many Black-headed Gulls out on the mudflats. A few more Dunlin than yesterday were about as well as a Whimbrel and the regular Black-tailed Godwits. A Brown Argus butterfly was along the Slipe Field and there were good numbers of Common Blues along the path. (BI)

Selsey: An Early Thorn and a Poplar Hawk-moth were in the trap this morning. (SH)

Early Thorn (above) & Poplar Hawk-moth in a Selsey moth-trap (SH)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - The Ruddy Shelduck was on the mud near Marsh Barn this evening, along with 30+ Black-tailed Godwits and Mediterranean Gulls, and there were also a Hobby, a Kestrel and a handful of Swallows over the banks, with two Brown Hares in the fields.
There were two Greenshank, two Little Ringed Plovers, five Dunlin and eight Avocets around the Stilt Pool. (S&SaH)

Sunday, 15th July: Another very warm, very sunny morning, with just a light south-westerly breeze.......

West Wittering: Some belated news from the Nunnington Farm Campsite, where a Turtle Dove was seen on the feeders on or around 6th July, but not since. (per BO'D)

Ferry Pool: There were just a single Common Sandpiper, the pair of Avocets with the chick, two Teal and half a dozen or so Lapwing and Black-tailed Godwits on the pool this morning, with a couple of Reed Warblers in the roadside reed-bed.. (AH/IP)

Avocet chick (above), Black-tailed Godwit & Teal on the Ferry (AH)

Selsey Bill: (1500-1600hrs) (SH)
Gannet - 2E, 1W, 1os
Curlew - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 15os

Park Farm, Selsey: There were a dozen Sand Martins and c50 House Martins and Swallows over the fields at Park Farm, plus a Buzzard and three Pied Wagtails, with 30+ Swifts over towards the Selsey Centre. (S&SaH/AH/IP) 

Sand Martin (above) & Sand Martin and Swallows at Park Farm, Selsey (AH)

Also, a Pebble Prominent was in the moth-trap and a Slow-worm was in the garden, nearby. (S&SaH)

Slow-worm (above) & Pebble Prominent in a Selsey garden (SH)

Church Norton: A Marsh Harrier was seen hunting over the North Wall side of the harbour (see below), whilst six of the Pale-bellied Brent Geese, a Whimbrel and a Buzzard were also about. (S&SaH)
Also, the Bar-tailed Godwit, several Black-tailed Godwits, seven Dunlin, two Common Sandpipers and half a dozen Turnstones were in the harbour, along with c75 Sandwich Terns, c30 Little Terns, c10 Common Terns and about five Mediterranean Gulls. 
Not many small birds were seen beyond a couple each of Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Linnet and a single Sedge Warbler along the Severals. (AH/IP)

Common Sandpiper (above), Common Tern & Mediterranean Gull at Church Norton (AH)

This evening at low-tide there were two Knot among 80 or so Dunlin in the harbour, along with 30+ Black-tailed Godwits together with an increased number of Redshank. A Common Sandpiper was around the concrete blocks while the seven Pale-bellied and one Dark-bellied Brent Geese were out in the middle. (AW)

Knot, Dunlin and Redshank (above), Common Sandpiper & Black-tailed Godwits at Church Norton (AW)

Marsh Farm, Sidlesham: There were three Yellowhammers, 20+ Whitethroats, two juvenile Green Woodpeckers and a Buzzard around the fields, along with a good total of eight Brown Hares. (SH/PB)

Green Woodpecker (above) & Brown Hare leveret at Marsh Farm, Sidlesham (SH)

North Wall: The Marsh Harrier was over White's Creek at c9am this morning. (BI)
Earlier there were two Yellow-legged Gulls and two Whimbrel in the harbour, with a few swallows and Sand Martins over, and c20 Lapwing were on the Breech Pool, along with a scattering of Reed and Sedge Warblers and up to three calling Cetti's Warblers. Also a Roe Deer was drinking from the pool and there were plenty of juvenile Little Egrets sitting out at Owl Copse. (AH/IP)

Sedge Warbler (above), Reed Warbler, Whimbrel, juvenile Little Egret & Roe Deer from North Wall (AH)

Pagham east side: Plenty of Gulls on the harbour mud mid-morning including Black-headed Gulls and their progeny, a dozen Mediterranean Gulls, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, and what looked very like two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls. Best of the waders were a Greenshank and a Whimbrel and there were also a few Dunlin in and out of the channels.  (BI)
Marsh Harrier over the east side (BI)

Medmerry: The Ruddy Shelduck was on the Stilt Pool early afternoon. (BFF)

Saturday, 14th July: The very warm and sunny weather returned this morning, with just a light westerly breeze to keep things bearable.......

Ferry Pool: There were three Common Sandpipers at the back this morning, and there were also 12 Lapwings, seven Black-tailed Godwits, four Redshank, two Teal and four Avocets, plus the chick. Sadly, what looked like a dead juvenile Shelduck was at the back, with possibly the body of the other one nearby. (AH)
Early this afternoon, on the high tide a Green Sandpiper and two Little Ringed Plovers were on the pool. (IP)

Black-tailed Godwit and Common Sandpiper on the Ferry (AH)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to Marsh Farm - There wasn't too much about, though 10+ Sand Martins and 20+ Swallows went over, as did four Swifts, three Buzzards and two Kestrels, with four Reed Warblers in the ditches, 20+ Black-tailed Godwits on the mud near the poplars and an appearance by both Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers. (S&SaH)
Also, this afternoon, there was an adult Yellow-legged Gull on the reserve. (IP)

Selsey: A Sparrowhawk was over our garden to hte north of the village, being mobbed by 25+ swifts. (SH)

Church Norton: Tern activity dominated the harbour, with at least 35 Little Terns, 60 Sandwich Terns and a few Common Terns around, but not particularly on, the island. 
At least three of the Pale-bellied Brent were out in the harbour and there were also at least three Common Sandpipers about, along with half a dozen Mediterranean Gulls, a Bar-tailed Godwit, four Black-tailed Godwits, two Whimbrel, five Ringed Plovers and 30+ Curlews, though the only small birds seen were a few Swallows, Skylarks and Linnets. Also, a total of 14 Little Egrets flew into the harbour from the beach, including a group of eight.  (AH)
Later on, all seven Pale-bellied Brent Geese were on show, along with four Dunlin. (IP)

Common Sandpiper (above), Little Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Bar-tailed Godwit, Linnet, Skylark & Little Egrets at Church Norton (AH)

North Wall: This evening a Marsh Harrier was out in the fields behind the North Wall, and there were also a Ruff, a Little Ringed Plover and an Avocet on the Breech Pool, a couple of Greenshanks and Whimbrel, plus 20 or more Lapwings and Black-tailed Godwits out in the harbour. There were also a few Swallows and Sand Martins over, with large numbers of distant hirundines towards Church Norton. (PB)

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

11th - 13th July, 2018

Friday, 13th July: A very grey morning, with heavy cloud cover, but warm and quite humid despite a light easterly breeze......

Ferry Pool: There is very little change at present, with just four Black-tailed Godwits, six Lapwings, the two juvenile Shelducks and four Avocets, plus the growing chick present. (AH)

Avocets on the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: The seven Pale-bellied Brent Geese were near the Peregrine's Island whilst the Dark-bellied was on its own further up the harbour. Early this morning there was a juvenile Jay on the path from the car park and In the churchyard there was a singing Song Thrush, but little else was seen. (AW)

Jay (above) & Song Thrush at Church Norton (AW)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to Stilt Pool: Most of yesterday's interesting birds were absent today, but there was a bit of selection, still, including the Ruddy Shelduck, which flew in from the west and appeared to drop onto the reserve, the family of Stonechats around the first viewpoint, a Whimbrel and a Greenshank, plus 50 Black-tailed Godwits, out on the reserve and two Green Sandpipers on an outlying pool..
Also, along the banks were the usual Skylarks, Linnets and Yellowhammers, plus a couple of Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings, two Whitethroat families, several singing Reed Warblers and a handful of Swallows and a Common Tern over, whilst the Stock Doves at Marsh Barn had at least one fledged youngster with them.
A Buzzard was at Marsh Farm, whilst on the Stilt Pools there were at least five Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, ten Lapwing, a Redshank, four Black-tailed Godwits, six Avocets, including the two well-grown chicks, two Shoveler and ten Teal, plus a singing Sedge Warbler, and two Sandwich Terns were offshore. Also a Brown Hare was near the first viewpoint and a Painted Lady was along the path. (AH)

Ruddy Shelduck (above), juvenile Stonechat, Green Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler, Shoveler, Buzzard, Dunlin, juvenile Stock Dove, Skylark & Brown Hare at Medmerry (AH)

Sidlesham: A sub-adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was among the usual gathering of Herring Gulls waiting for our chickens to be fed this morning. (AH)

Lesser Black-backed Gull in a Sidlesham garden (AH)

Chichester Harbour: A pair of Shelducks with seven very small ducklings were opposite the Marina today, whilst on the salt-marsh from the horse pond viewpoint (itchenor) there were 25 Whimbrels roosting at high tide. (PH)

Thursday, 12th July: It was back to warm sunshine and white cloud again this morning, though still with a brisk north-easterly breeze....

Ferry Pool: There was a Common Sandpiper along the side this morning, but otherwise it was just a half a dozen Black-tailed Godwits, four Lapwing, two juvenile Shelducks, a Stock Dove and four Avocets, plus the chick. (AH)

Common Sandpiper (above), juvenile Shelducks & Stock Dove on the Ferry (AH)

Long Pool: The Reed and Sedge Warblers had largely fallen silent, and there wasn't much else to be seen beyond a few Linnets and a single Blackcap in the bushes, a couple of Swifts over and lots of young Black-headed Gulls on the water. .
In Ferry Channel there were just a Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, a dozen Curlew, c20 Lapwings and c30 Redshank, plus a Grey Heron over. (AH)

Linnet & Blackcap (above), Lapwings, Grey Heron & juvenile Black-headed Gull from Long Pool (AH)

Chichester GPs: Drayton House pits - Another breeding season wildfowl check produced a total of three broods of Pochard, three of Tufted and one of Gadwall between the two pits. A noisy pair of Water Rails, with young apparently calling to them, were located in a low area of reeds....they were clearly moving about with the reeds giving away their position...but they remained infuriatingly just out of sight!
Twelve pairs of Little Grebes with young were also present, but otherwise it was routine fare - although there was a definite non-avian highlight with a flight of ex-military aircraft flying over the pits in formation, giving me a private airshow! (OM)

 Female Pochard with four young on the south pit, and formation of aircraft overflying the pits (OM)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to Stilt pool: A nice bit of variety this evening, including an Osprey and a Spoonbill on the reserve as the highlights, but a good supporting cast included two Yellow Wagtails, a juvenile Cuckoo, 20 Swallows, two Sand Martins, a Sparrowhawk and three Buzzards. Also, on and around the pool were six Avocets, 30+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper, two Green Sandpipers and five Little Ringed Plovers. (S&SaH)

Chichester GPs: Ivy Lake complex - The most notable feature of an early evening look round was the number of juvenile Gadwall present, with at least 50 spread around the pits, including 25+ on New Lake in one big group. Also on New Lake were two possibly juvenile Pochards, whilst around the main pits were up to five Common Terns, several young Chiffchaffs, Long-tailed and Blue Tits, a Tufted Duck with one duckling, a Black Swan, at least 50 Canada Geese and a dozen Great Crested Grebes, all seemingly adults. (AH)

Common Tern, Pochards, Gadwall, Tufted Ducks, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tits & Blue Tit around Ivy Lake (AH)

Wednesday, 11th July: After a surprisingly grey and chilly start, it was another fine summer's day, with plenty of sunshine, though a little cooler in the easterly breeze....

Ferry Pool: There were just a dozen Black-tailed Godwits, two Redshank and six Avocets, plus the chick, on the pool this morning. (AH)

Avocet chick (above) & Black-tailed Godwit on the Ferry (AH)

North Wall: A Spotted Redshank flew into one of the creeks beyond White's Creek this morning, and there were also six Dunlin and a few Black-tailed Godwits in the harbour, but there was no waders at all on the Breech Pool. (MO-W)

Church Norton: The seven Pale-bellied Brent Geese were out in the harbour on the rising tide, with the Dark-bellied bird separate from them near Tern Island, whilst among the many Curlew and Redshank present there were a Common Sandpiper, a Bar-tailed Godwit, four Black-tailed Godwits, two Whimbrel, 17 Dunlin and 22 Turnstones.
There was much activity on the mud around Tern Island, with at least 35 Little Terns, including several juveniles, at least half a dozen juvenile Sandwich Terns, two juvenile Common Terns and two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls.
A few Skylarks and Linnets were around the spit and c30 Swallows and a couple of Sand Martins were feeding over the water near the benches, with at least 16 juvenile Swallows sat in the trees by the hide at one point. (AH)

Little Terns (above), Common Tern, Sandwich Terns, Pale-bellied Brent Geese, Common Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Dunlin, Swallows and Sand Martin & Swallows at Church Norton (AH)