Sunday, 4 February 2018

4th - 6th February 2018

Tuesday, 6th February: Cold and bright again, though with the wind shifting away from the east a little, with cloud building up, too.....

Ferry Pool/Long Pool: There was not a single bird on or around the Ferry this morning.
There were, however, a few birds in Ferry Channel, including a Spotted Redshank, c100 Teal, c50 Wigeon, a dozen Grey Plovers and a few Curlew and Redshank. At least a dozen Avocets were in the harbour at the far end, along with a few Pintail and plenty of the afore-mentioned species.
Along the Long Pool there were a couple of Reed Buntings, a couple of Goldcrests and a Meadow Pipit, whilst on the pool itself there was a pair of Little Grebes. (AH)

Spotted Redshank (above), Reed Bunting, Grey Plover, Little Grebe, Wigeon, Avocets and Lapwings & Teal around the Long Pool (AH)

Medmerry: Windmill to the breach - There were a couple of Stonechats and a dozen Meadow Pipits near the windmill, and another pair of Stonechats and another dozen Meadow Pipits at Toe End, but nothing in between.
Around 60 Common Scoter and a Great Crested Grebe were offshore, but the pools aroiund the breach held just a few Curlews and Redshank, a couple of Grey Herons and c30 Shelduck and Teal. (AH)

Stonechat (above), Meadow Pipit & Common Scoters at Medmerry (AH)

Mapsons Lane, Sidlesham: A Buzzard was sat right by the roadside this morning. (AH)

Buzzard in Sidlesham (AH)

Monday, 5th February: Another very cold morning, with a brisk easterly breeze pushing on banks of heavy cloud between a few sunny intervals.....

Selsey Bill: There were up to four Sandwich Terns, two Red-breasted Mergansers and a Great Northern Diver offshore this morning, but absolutely nothing moving in 40 minutes from 8am. (AH)

Sandwich Tern at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: A single Shelduck was the only bird on the pool, field and creek this morning! (AH)

Just to let everyone know, today we have had a contractor on site, out on to Ferry field, to fill the hole and do some work on the footdrains..... this should take about 10 days, so that is why you may see machinery out there.
Further to this, whilst out in the field I unavoidably flushed 23 Snipe and one (or possibly two) Jack Snipe. I also took the opportunity to photograph the new hide from this location. (IL, Warden).

 Views of the new hide, taken from Ferry field (IL)


Church Norton: At a freezing cold Norton today there were 3 Bar-tailed Godwits in the harbour, whilst out at sea there was a Great Northern Diver and at least 3 Slavonian Grebes. Unusually for the patch there was also a flock of 20+ Rooks in the fields along Rectory Lane. (AW)

Bar-tailed Godwit and Great Northern Diver at Norton (AW)

 Slavonian Grebes off Church Norton (AW)

Fishbourne Creek: There were three Greenshanks in the creek this morning, along with c100 Black-tailed Godwits, a few Ringed Plovers, numerous Grey Plovers and Dunlin, c30 Pintail and hundreds of Wigeon and Teal, but no Brent Geese at all and only a handful of Common Gulls. A Grey Wagtail and a Rock Pipit were along the pathway and at least a dozen Yellowhammers were around the riding school. (AH)

Greenshank (above), Grey Wagtail, Pintail, Yellowhammer, Grey Plover & Black-tailed Godwits at Fishbourne Creek (AH)

Chi GP's - Drayton Pits: Overall a disappointing morning  (though my visit was unavoidably cut short)..... there being a clear reduction in the number of wildfowl present, despite the mainly ice-free water. A count of 70 Shoveler was less than half the total of a couple of weeks ago, though 88 Pochard was a clear peak. Those apart there was little to report, the best of the rest being 10 Snipe and a Mistle Thrush. (OM)
Panoramic view of Drayton North Pit (OM)

Ivy Lake Complex: Ivy Lake was quiet with just a few Herring & Black-headed Gulls on the water along with c.20 Tufted Ducks, a few Great Crested Grebes and three Black Swans. Nunnery Lake held the usual Gadwall but there was nothing on Triangle, Copse & West Trout lakes other than Coots, Tufted Ducks and a few more Black-headed Gulls. On East Trout Lake, however, were 73 Greylag Geese, 52 Canada Geese and a single Bar-headed Goose and on New Lake were c.20 Shovelers. The paths were generally quiet with just a single Goldcrest of note. (BI)

Sunday, 4th February: A bright and sunny morning, though the fresh easterly breeze made it feel cold.....

Selsey Bill: There were twelve Sandwich Terns offshore this morning - a new winter record, and there were also five Slavonian Grebes about and a Fulmar went west. Full log below. (JA/SH/PB/AH/IP/SR)
Great Northern Diver - 2os
Red-throated Diver - 1E, 2W
diver sp - 3E, 4W
Slavonian Grebe - 5os
Great Crested Grebe - 1E
Fulmar  1W
Gannet - 11E, 8W
Wigeon - 9W
Common Scoter - 25W, 3os
Red-breasted Merganser - 8E, 10os
Sandwich Tern - 12os
auk sp - 9E, 11W

Sandwich Terns at the Bill (AH)

The Black Redstart was back in the gardens just west of Bill House early this afternoon. (BI/PJ)

Black Redstart at Selsey Bill (BI)

Ferry Pool: There were no birds at all on the pool and just two Teal on the creek this morning. (AH)

Park Farm, Selsey: There were two Stonechats and a Grey Wagtail on the fields, and there were a Lesser Black-backed Gull and three Mediterranean Gulls  on the field awaiting development, plus an Oystercatcher, a Pied Wagtail and half a dozen Linnets, whilst a Sparrowhawk and c100 Jackdaws went over. (AH/IP/S&SaH)

Stonechats (above), Linnet, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls & Jackdaws at Park Farm, Selsey (AH)

Church Norton: The most unusual sight this morning was of three drake Goldeneye on the sea (whilst the regular drake and two redheads were in the harbour), and there were also a Great Northern Diver, a couple of Sandwich Terns and half a dozen Gannets offshore.
There were plenty of Brent Geese, Lapwing and Golden Plover at the far end of the harbour, but nothing much of note besides a Bar-tailed Godwit and a couple of Pintail. A Raven was over the churchyard area early on, a pair of Stonechats and a Reed Bunting were around the horse field, a couple of Skylarks were along the spit and the pair of Peregrines were on their island. (AH/IP/BI/S&SaH)

Skylark (above) & Peregrine at Church Norton (AH)

Later on the two Goosanders were in the harbour again and a Chiffchaff behind the hide. (IP)

Itchenor Pond:  The sunshine today brought the Tree-creepers out along with a flock of Long-tailed Tits, Goldfinches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Buzzard. (SR)

Tree-creeper at Itchenor Pond (SR)

Medmerry: Easton lane to the Stilt Pool - This afternoon a Greenshank was on the reserve, 300+ Lapwing and 200+ Golden Plover went up over the reserve, two Stonechats and a Sparrowhawk were along the banks and 80+ Fieldfares were in the field behind Marsh Barn. (S&SaH)

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