Wednesday, 20th June: Generally cloudy again and mostly dry, but with some light drizzle early on, and a moderate W/SW breeze.....
Church Norton: The American Royal Tern (ringed, 2nd-summer bird) was still present very early on, to the joy of those who had made the extra effort to be there at first light, but to everyone else's huge disappointment as it then flew south out to sea at 04.37am. It had not been re-located by 1300hrs at least, and we can only hope it will return to the tern colony later......
Meanwhile, the only other birds reported here were a Sanderling and 2 Whimbrel. (SH)
Selsey Bill: The Bill was covered for over four hours this morning, mainly in the hope that the Royal Tern might join the other terns fishing offshore, but alas it was not to be. The few highlights today were five Whimbrels moving west, a Peregrine hunting over the sea and a party of nine Sanderlings which dropped in on the beach......Full log below:
Great Crested Grebe - 1W
Fulmar - 2W
Gannet - 36E, 11W
Common Scoter - 55E, 17W
Whimbrel - 5W
Sanderling - 9 ob, flew off W
Peregrine - 1 arrived N from the sea, apparently hunting
Little Tern - 3os
Common Tern - 25 os, fishing and moving back and forth
Sandwich Tern - 22 os, fishing
Mediterranean Gull - 2W, 1ob
Swift - 3 (local birds)
Ferry Pool: The Spotted Redshank was present early on (m.obs)
Tuesday, 19th June: Generally cloudy but with occasional sunny breaks, and feeling rather muggy at times, despite a moderate to fresh W/SW wind.........
A video of the American Royal Tern is here