Selsey Bill: There were 12 Great Northern Divers offshore, including nine together in a loose group, along with c85 Common Scoters, but 25 Red-throated Divers east was the only passage of note. Full log below......
Red-throated Diver - 25E
Great Northern Diver - 12 os
diver sp - 1E
Great Crested Grebe - 1E, 2W, 1 os
Gannet - 1W
Brent Goose - 31E, 8W
Common Scoter - flock of 85 os
Red-breasted Merganser - 4E, 15 os
Turnstone - 28 ob
auk sp - 1E
Kittiwake - 1W
Mediterranean Gull - 1E, 2W
Pied Wagtail - 1E
Ferry Pool: The six Ruff were still on the field this morning, along with 100+ Lapwing and c250 Wigeon, with a dozen Shovelers, c40 Teal and six Shelduck also present. (AH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - There were at least 500 Linnets along with plenty of Yellowhammers and Skylarks, plus a handful of Reed Buntings along the banks, though only one Stonechat was seen, with up to 100 Meadow Pipits around the Stilt Pool, and two Fieldfares that flew over the poplars.
The Avocet count on the Stilt Pool had risen to 38 this morning, though the only other waders about were a flock of a dozen Golden Plover and a handful of Redshanks and Curlews out on the main reserve. Among the wildfowl present were 24 Shovelers, eight Gadwall, ten Tufted Duck, eight Canada Geese, c100 Wigeon and c200 Teal. (AH)
Medmerry: Ham Farm - There wasn't much going on here as the weather deteriorated, though a Green Woodpecker and a dozen Skylarks and Meadow Pipits were around the rough ground and c20 Grey Plover,c20 Redshank, a handful of Ringed Plovers and Curlews and c80 Dunlin were on the tidal area. (AH)
Thursday, 8th March: A mostly bright morning, but with the fresh westerly breeze making it decidedly chilly....
Selsey Bill: Several flocks of Brent Geese and a dozen Red-throated Divers went east, and a couple of Meadow Pipits came in off the sea, suggesting that migration might just be starting. Full log below......
Red-throated Diver - 12E, 1W
Great Northern Diver - 2os
Sidlesham: A dozen Redwing briefly passed through our garden on the west of the village this morning. (AH)
Park Farm, Selsey: A Redwing was along the hedges this evening. (SH)