Selsey Bill: The Water Rail was again present this morning at 0630hrs, in its incongruous setting of the car-park area and Hebe bushes of Bill House garden, viewed from the gateway (SR). Although not a rare bird as such, it certainly is at the Bill-tip and so it has proved a bit of a magnet to those locals keen on maintaining their Bill lists....even to the point of standing around in the rain before dawn!
Otherwise, there was nothing moving at all - just a Common Scoter and a Common Gull east and a Great Crested Grebe on the sea in 30 minutes from 8.15am (AH)
Ivy Lake: The first Sand Martin of the year was over the lake late this afternoon, and also a Peregrine went over and c30 Shovelers were on the water. (AB)
Selsey, East Beach pond: A Firecrest was in amongst half a dozen Goldcrests along the path this afternoon. (SR)
Selsey: Two Great Spotted Woodpeckers were in a garden to the north of the village this afternoon. (SH)
Ferry Pool: There were 16 Shoveler, four Gadwall, four Shelduck, ten Teal and two Redshank on the pool, but the large Wigeon flock seems to have moved on. (AH)
Medmerry: Coastguard Station to the Breach - There were 20+ Meadow Pipits and four Skylarks along the Medmerry Cliff, with at least 100 Common Scoter offshore, with 40 more of the latter off the Breach, along with two Great Northern Divers.
A Corn Bunting was singing near the Breach viewpoint, with another present nearby, but the Breach area was very quiet, with just a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers and a few Redshank on the pools. (AH)
Church Norton: The two Goosanders were again roosting near the harbour mouth, and offshore there were two Red-breasted Mergansers and eight Great Crested Grebes.
There were at least 20 Sandwich Terns and similar of Mediterranean Gulls in the harbour, but few waders beyond the usual Redshanks and Curlews, and there were also 20+ Teal but just a pair of Wigeon. The bushes were very quiet, but there were 18 Brent Geese in the field behind the churchyard and a dozen Lapwing along Rectory Lane. (AH)
Tuesday, 27th March: A grey and murky start with drizzle, after a rainy night, with the wind moving round from south-east to south-west then west, eventually giving way to a fairly bright and breezy day....
Red-throated Diver - 4E
Great Northern Diver - 1 os
Great Crested Grebe - 1W, 1os
Fulmar - 4W
Gannet - 5E, 20W, 12os
Brent Goose - 10E
Common Scoter - 6E, 3W
Red-breasted Merganser - 2E, 5W
Turnstone - 12 ob
Sandwich Tern - 6 os
Kittiwake - 4W
Mediterranean Gull - 1W, 2os
Common Gull - 34W
Chiffchaff - 5 gardens
Willow Warbler - 1 gardens
Also, a male Brambling was reported from the feeders at the Visitor Centre and a male Black Redstart was reported from Home Farm, between the Ferry and Church Norton. (per BO'D)
Otherwise, there were two Slavonian Grebes and at least 16 Great Crested Grebes offshore, the two Goosanders were again roosting near the harbour mouth and the female Eider and up to four Red-breasted Mergansers were also present.
At least 20 Sandwich Terns and 25 Mediterranean Gulls were among the Black-headed Gulls, just a handful of Brent Geese, plus a few Wigeon and Teal were about, and c20 Black-tailed Godwits, 20 Curlews, several pairs of displaying Ringed Plovers plus the wintering Whimbrel were also around. Two or three singing Chiffchaffs were of note, but beyond half a dozen Linnets flying over, and two Reed Buntings, the bushes were quiet. The two Peregrines were also noted around their usual island location. (AH/BFF/DM)
North Wall: The single Spotted Redshank was again present, and at least 500 Black-tailed Godwits were around the flooded fields and creeks. (BFF/DM)
Medmerry: Easton Lane - Stilt Pools - The Scaup was still present on the pools today, together with 2 Little Ringed Plovers, the Common Sandpiper and 60+ Avocets. (C&ME)
Full log below......
Red-throated Diver - 5E
Great Northern Diver - 1 os
Diver sp - 2E
Great Crested Grebe - 1W, 3os
Gannet - 7E, 33W
Brent Goose - 3E, 1W
Shelduck - 5W
Common Scoter - 26E, 17W
Red-breasted Merganser - 3E, 4W, 5os
Sandwich Tern - 9os
Kittiwake - 4W
Common Gull - 1W
Water Rail - 1, Bill House garden (0910hrs)
Pied Wagtail - 3N
Meadow Pipit - 1N
Long-tailed Tit - 7 gardens
1800-1945hrs: (MJ/SH) There was no sign of the Water Rail this evening, but over 1000 Brent Geese were moving ......
Gannet - 1E
Brent Goose - 1070E
Common Scoter - 23E
Sandwich Tern - 1W
Sidlesham: Five Buzzards over the garden together at 1pm, soaring and calling. (A&YF)
Church Norton: A female Blackcap and a couple of Goldcrests were in the churchyard, along with a Green Woodpecker, with a couple of Chiffchaffs also about, but there were no other indications of migration.
A Ring-necked Parakeet was reported from the Slipe Field in the late afternoon. (D.Illman per SOS)