Selsey Bill: (0800-0915hrs) (AH/JA)
Great Northern Diver - 2os
Red-throated Diver - 1E, 1W
Common Scoter - 4W
Red-breasted Merganser - 3W, 6os
Mediterranean Gull - 3os
Kittiwake - 7W
auk sp - 1E
Sandwich Tern - 1E (after 9.15 per TR)
Chi GPs - Drayton Pits: Highlight of the morning was a Bittern that briefly flew around the North pit. It was otherwise very similar to last week, with well over 200 Shoveler and 70 Pochard present, and 7 Snipe, a Water Rail and a Mistle Thrush the best of the rest. (OM)
Chichester Marina: A Marsh Harrier was over the reed-bed by the hide this morning putting up plenty of Teal, Lapwings and a few Snipe. (BI)
Ferry Pool/Long Pool: There were c300 Lapwing and a Redshank around the pool, and 10 Shoveler, 50 Teal and c200 Wigeon in the creek in the field this morning. (AH)
The Spotted Redshank and a dozen Avocets were at the end of Ferry Channel this morning. (TR/RS)
North Wall: A quick look this morning produced one Ruff, which flew off high to the west, at least 100 Golden Plovers among c500 Lapwing in White's Creek, where there were a few Black-tailed Godwits and lots of Wigeon and Teal, a Snipe in the salt-marsh and the two Black Swans on the Breech Pool. (AH/PC/IH)
Church Norton: The Red-necked Grebe was feeding in the harbour mouth, and there were also four Goldeneye, six Red-breasted Mergansers and several Great Crested Grebes on the water on the far side of the harbour. Also, two Sandwich Terns flew in through hte harbour to briefly feed.
Offshore there was a Great Northern Diver, a Red-throated Diver, two Slavonian Grebes , a lone Gannet and a handful of Red-breasted Mergansers, and at least a dozen Skylarks were on the spit.
The Whimbrel was in its usual area and there were a lot of Dunlin and Grey Plover in the harbour, whilst a pair of Bullfinches were near the Mound. (AH/AB/TR/RS et al)
This afternoon the Red-necked Grebe was still present on the high tide and a visiting birder reported a juvenile Glaucous Gull being briefly at the end of the spit. The male Bullfinch was also present along the path from the car park. (BI/AW)
Medmerry (West): Easton Lane to Stilt Pool - The Dartford Warbler was still present near Marsh Barn and two Grey Wagtails, three Stonechats, c.12 Yellowhammers and a few Reed Buntings along the banks, plus a few Shoveler, Wigeon and Teal and 40 Lapwing on the Stilt Pool.
In the adjoining fields there were 25 Stock Doves, c.24 Skylarks, a Buzzard and a Kestrel, whilst in the field near the car park were 6 Redwings and c.24 Fieldfare.(PB)
East Head: Amongst other species seen this morning was a fairly tame Mediterranean Gull; this probably being the same returning bird present over the last couple of winters. (MR)
Thursday, 18th January: After yet another very stormy night, a fairly pleasant morning, despite the blustery westerly....but heavy showers again in the afternoon.
Great Northern Diver - 2os
Red-throated Diver - 1E, 3W
Common Scoter - 7W
Red-breasted Merganser - 3E, 7W
Sanderling - 1W
Common Gull - 1W
auk sp - 1E
Ferry Pool: There were eight Shoveler and 40 Teal, plus a Redshank on the pool, whilst the field and its flooded creeks was very busy, including c50 Golden Plover, c800 Lapwing, 22 Canada Geese, 20 Shoveler and c200 Wigeon. (AH)
Long Pool: There was nothing on the pool itself saving an unseen squealing Water Rail and two Tufted Ducks, plus a big flock of Long-tailed Tits near the road, whilst a Spotted Redshank was in Ferry Channel, along with a few Redshank and 100+ Wigeon and Teal, and at the far end there were c40 Avocets and c50 Shelduck. (AH)
Church Norton: The Red-necked Grebe was back in the harbour from the spit late this morning around 1100hrs, and there were two Eiders on the sea. (AW)
There wasn't too much to report earlier on, though there were a couple of Red-breaasted Mergansers and one or two Little and Great Crested Grebes in the harbour, 20+ Common Gulls and a handful of Mediterranean Gulls along the beach and at least eight Bar-tailed Godwits and a few Knot among the many Dunlin and Grey Plover in the harbour.
A couple of Goldcrests and a few Long-tailed Tits were about all the bushes held. (AH/MJ)
The Long-tailed Duck was still present at Honer reservoir this afternoon. (BI/SR)
Snowhill Marsh, West Wittering: Amongst other species seen this morning were a Kingfisher and a Water Rail on the marsh. (MR)