There were at least 20 Snipe and a probable Jack Snipe on Ferry field today. (BO'D)
Church Norton: I inadvertently flushed a Woodcock in Priory Wood today. (BO'D)
North Wall: White's Creek was quiet, with just a couple of Redshank and three Black-tailed Godwits present, plus plenty of Wigeon and a few Teal, and there were just a few Teal and Tufted Ducks on the Breech Pool, plus a Kestrel over. Also, a Chiffchaff was in the lane, near the stables. (AH/MO-W)
The North Fields were more productive however, with the long-staying Long-tailed Duck still on Honer reservoir (with 6 Tufted Duck), a Jack Snipe in the muddy area in front of Honer Cottages, and another along Pagham Rife. Parts of the north-western corner of the Harbour were iced over but still contained 340 Wigeon and 140 Black-tailed Godwits, the latter later settled by Bremere Rife. (JDW)
Sadly, Pagham Rife was again polluted by sewerage close to the footbridge at the end of Summer Lane....and they want to build how many more houses around here....?
Pagham Lagoon and spit: Pagham Lagoon held just a handful of Tufted Duck and Wigeon, plus at least 50 Mediterranean Gulls and 20 Common Gulls, whilst the spit held a dozen Skylarks and there were four Goldeneye, two Red-breasted Mergansers, the female Eider and a Lesser Black-backed Gull were in the harbour. (AH)
Fishbourne Creek: I went to check out the pipits here, but with the high tide and strong, bitingly cold wind this proved to be trickier than anticipated and five flighty Rock Pipits was the best I could do. A nearby Stonechat and a Kestrel were more obliging, as were up to a dozen Yellowhammers around the dung-heap in the adjacent paddock, with four Song Thrushes and the same of Redwing in the hedgerows. The best on offer was the single Barnacle Goose, still amongst its host Brent Goose flock (c.450birds), though it can be surprisingly difficult to see sometimes. (OM)
In the harbour there were at least 800 Brent Geese that slowly departed westwards, a few Pintail were among the Wigeon and Teal and there were plenty of Grey Plovers and Dunlin about, plus half a dozen Bar-tailed Godwits, but the only land-birds noted were a Jay and two Green Woodpeckers in the churchyard. (AH)
In the pools by the breach there were seven Red-breasted Mergansers, c150 Brent Geese, c50 Wigeon and a dozen Shelducks, but the only waders seen were a handful of Grey Plovers and Curlew and there were no passerines about at all.
A quick look at the nearby patch of marsh produced about 40 Snipe in the first third of it, so there could have been many more.(AH)
Monday, 26th February: Another dry, cold but bright day, with a bit more cloud today to mask the sunshine, but also with the persistently raw and brisk NE wind, force 5-6....
Selsey Bill: There were just a Red-throated Diver and a Red-breasted Merganser east and eight Gannets offshore in 30 minutes from 8.15am this morning. (AH)