Church Norton: There were 1000's of Brent Geese around the harbour first thing before the misty rain descended. There was a large group of 60+ Black-tailed Godwits and a single Bar-tailed Godwit was seen further out in the harbour. A pair of Red-breasted Mergansers were diving among a group of Brent. The five Velvet Scoters were seen briefly in the mist off-shore, whilst a male Sparrowhawk was hunting near the end of the spit, a Peregrine was sitting on the island and a Green Woodpecker around the old horse field. (AW)
Itchenor Pond: It was all going nicely until the rain came down hard and brought things to a halt. A Buzzard and a Treecreeper were about, and there was a lot of birdsong from the commoner species, with clear signs of spring in the form of two drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers and an industrious Wren gathering leaf litter from the woodland floor then taking it into a tree hole. (SR)
Medmerry: Easton Lane- There were at least 69 Fieldfares in the area this afternoon. (TG-P)
Long Pool: Four Gadwall flew out from the pool this morning and a Song Thrush and a couple of singing Reed Buntings were along the hedges.
There were about a dozen Avocets, eight Pintail, 20 Grey Plover and numerous Redshank, Shelduck, Wigeon and Teal at the far end of Ferry Channel, and ten Black-tailed Godwits dropped in back towards the Ferry end. (AH)
Great Northern Diver - 7os
Later on there were two Grey Wagtails on roofs in the new housing development and another in the fields. (IP)
Three Avocets, at least five Bar-tailed Godwits and 50+ Knot were among the commoner waders in the harbour, the female Peregrine was on the island and at least 2000 Brent Geese were along the main channel.
Saturday, 17th February: Another glorious late winter's morning, with lots of warm sunshine after a frosty start, and barely a breath of breeze....
A video of the Glaucous Gull is here
North Wall: Highlights were a Spotted Redshank, 9 Ruff and 200+ Black-tailed Godwits this afternoon. (SH)