Long Pool: There were plenty of Reed and Sedge Warblers singing, but keeping low, along with a Blackcap and a couple of Linnets and Reed Buntings, whilst a Cuckoo was calling along the west side and on the water there were a Little Grebe and two chicks, a new Coot family and four Gadwall.
There were two drake Teal in Ferry channel, along with a Whimbrel, a dozen Redshank and c40 Shelduck. (AH)
Church Norton: A quick early look was very unproductive, with no waders seen and just the usual mix of terns and gulls on the island, all put up by something unseen, whilst there were also a pair of Lapwings and a Skylark on the lettuce fields in Rectory Lane.. (AH)
On the rising tide this afternoon there was a Bar-tailed Godwit and distantly in the heat haze five Ringed Plover and a Dunlin. Also, a Gannet passed low very close to the beach before landing on the sea and drifting towards the Bill. (RWE)
Sidlesham: A Cuckoo flew over our garden on the west of the village early this morning, calling as it went. (AH)
Selsey: Two Common Terns went over our garden on the north of the village this morning, and a Poplar Kitten was in the moth-trap. (SH)
West Itchenor: There were a dozen House Martins around the harbour office this morning, but very little else of note, with just the odd Blackcap or Chiffchaff singing and a dozen Grey Plovers out on the mud on the far side. (AH)
The Mute Swans at Owl Point recently hatched 5 cygnets but I could not locate them this morning though a Cuckoo was at this location and a couple of Common Terns were fishing along Pagham Rife, the first time I have recorded them here. On Honer Reservor there were three Mute Swans and five Tufted Ducks, four males and a female, and Ox-eye Daisies were out in full bloom there. (JDW)
Later, a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper (late migrant or first returner?) were present, the Black-tailed Godwit count had risen to 66 and a Whimbrel was near the end of Ferry channel. (S.Chastell)
Selsey: A Small Elephant Hawk-moth in the trap this morning was a new one for us. (SH)
Monday, 4th June: A bit cooler than yesterday, with a fresh north-easterly breeze, but still a pleasant and mostly sunny morning....
Selsey Bill: 0720-0820hrs: Hardly worth the effort this morning, with just 5 Gannets east and up to 10 Sandwich Terns fishing offshore. A check along the gardens produced nothing except for half a dozen Swifts (presumably now local birds), and at least 12 of the now-resident House Martins were collecting mud from around the puddles. Sadly, it seems that someone (residents or council) has needlessly decimated the tamarisk bushes (in front of the bungalows) again! (OM)
Selsey: A Buff Ermine and a Small Magpie were in the trap this morning. (SH)