Selsey Bill: (0730-0845hrs) (SH) Three Shoveler were perhaps unexpected at this time of year, though otherwise it was standard fare......and no big white things in sight! (see yesterday's report!)
Gannet - 28E, 1W
Eider - 1os
Shoveler - 3E
Common Scoter - 28E
Turnstone - 7W
Common Tern - 8os
Sandwich Tern - 12os
Mediterranean Gull - 1E
Swift - 2p
House Martin - 1p
Ferry Pool: Early this morning there was a Greenshank, three Little Ringed Plovers, the pair of Avocets, c20 Redshank, c20 Black-tailed Godwits, five Lapwings, six Teal and the Shelduck family on the pool. (AH)
Long Pool: Along the pool a couple of Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats were still singing, with a handful of Linnets in the hedges, but there were just a few Curlews and Redshanks in Ferry Channel. (AH)
Medmerry: Stilt Pool - This afternoon there was a Common Sandpiper and two Greenshank on the Stilt Pool. (BO'D)
Chi GPs - Drayton Pits: A fairly casual look around the pits in the heat today produced two female Pochards with broods of young, plus seven adult males loafing nearby, whilst a Tufted Duck with a new brood of two young was also present.
Unfortunately, much of the long grass and wild flowers had been recently mowed on one pit, eliminating a nice patch of Pyramidal Orchids, but a good number of others were still surviving. The commoner butterflies were well represented, including about 20 Marbled Whites and a couple of Commas amongst the vegetation, plus a selection of dragonflies, damselflies and several lizards. (OM/MJ)
Tuesday, 26th June: Another glorious morning, with blue skies and a moderate easterly breeze just keeping it slightly cooler on the coast.....
Selsey Bill: 0730-1000hrs: There was a rather bizarre occurrence this morning, when initially DF/DS saw what they described as "a very large unidentified white bird heading east a long way out, which then almost hovered as it flapped down onto the sea!" OM/MJ arrived somewhat later, to be greeted with this account and the view of an obviously large, apparently all-whitish bird drifting fairly steadily east at about mile-basket range. Zoomed-up scopes gave a rather odd impression....OM offered that it was perhaps a swan, but it didn't really seem to fit that jizz in the neck department, and the only other thing anywhere near we could think of was a Pelican! The news was put out to the locals just in case anyone nearby wanted a look, but in the event the bird just seemed to then disappear....we didn't see it fly off so maybe it went further out to sea. Swan - or something more exotic - we will never know; it's probably just as well, but at least it's worth a mention here. It was otherwise very quiet....log below:
Gannet - 15E
Eider - 1 fem os
Common Scoter - 12E
Common Tern - 2os
Sandwich Tern - c.15 fishing os
Herring Gull - c.500 offshore...massive flock following fishing boats.
House Martin - at least 6 birds still collecting mud from the Grafton Rd puddle(s)...thanks to those who keep them topped up.
Swift - 9p
Later on a Red Kite went over the Visitor Centre area. (MR)
Church Norton: There wasn't much to report beyond the activity around Tern Island, with the bushes all but silent, though there were a Whimbrel, ten Curlews and six Ringed Plovers in the harbour. (AH)
Colin Holter's account of the finding of the American Royal Tern on the 19th June is here
Medmerry: Breach area/Chainbridge/Ham Farm - The Breach area was very quiet, with just two Shelduck, two Curlews and Ringed Plover on the tidal areas and two Sandwich Terns and a Gannet offshore, whilst the banks held just a few Linnets, a family of Swallows and a Pied Wagtail.
There were three singing males among half a dozen Corn Buntings around Ham, along with a couple of Reed Buntings and Yellowhammers and numerous Skylarks and Linnets. Also, one or two Reed Warblers and Whitethroats were along the ditches and ponds and a couple of Swifts and a few Swallows went over. (AH)
Selsey: A Privet Hawk-moth and a Poplar Hawk-moth were in the trap this morning. (SH)
This evening there was a mother Tufted Duck with four ducklings on the second Several. (S&SaH)
Selsey: A very impressive Privet Hawk-moth was in the trap this morning. (SH)