Wednesday, 11 July 2018

11th - 13th July, 2018

Friday, 13th July: A very grey morning, with heavy cloud cover, but warm and quite humid despite a light easterly breeze......

Ferry Pool: There is very little change at present, with just four Black-tailed Godwits, six Lapwings, the two juvenile Shelducks and four Avocets, plus the growing chick present. (AH)

Avocets on the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: The seven Pale-bellied Brent Geese were near the Peregrine's Island whilst the Dark-bellied was on its own further up the harbour. Early this morning there was a juvenile Jay on the path from the car park and In the churchyard there was a singing Song Thrush, but little else was seen. (AW)

Jay (above) & Song Thrush at Church Norton (AW)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to Stilt Pool: Most of yesterday's interesting birds were absent today, but there was a bit of selection, still, including the Ruddy Shelduck, which flew in from the west and appeared to drop onto the reserve, the family of Stonechats around the first viewpoint, a Whimbrel and a Greenshank, plus 50 Black-tailed Godwits, out on the reserve and two Green Sandpipers on an outlying pool..
Also, along the banks were the usual Skylarks, Linnets and Yellowhammers, plus a couple of Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings, two Whitethroat families, several singing Reed Warblers and a handful of Swallows and a Common Tern over, whilst the Stock Doves at Marsh Barn had at least one fledged youngster with them.
A Buzzard was at Marsh Farm, whilst on the Stilt Pools there were at least five Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, ten Lapwing, a Redshank, four Black-tailed Godwits, six Avocets, including the two well-grown chicks, two Shoveler and ten Teal, plus a singing Sedge Warbler, and two Sandwich Terns were offshore. Also a Brown Hare was near the first viewpoint and a Painted Lady was along the path. (AH)

Ruddy Shelduck (above), juvenile Stonechat, Green Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler, Shoveler, Buzzard, Dunlin, juvenile Stock Dove, Skylark & Brown Hare at Medmerry (AH)

Sidlesham: A sub-adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was among the usual gathering of Herring Gulls waiting for our chickens to be fed this morning. (AH)

Lesser Black-backed Gull in a Sidlesham garden (AH)

Chichester Harbour: A pair of Shelducks with seven very small ducklings were opposite the Marina today, whilst on the salt-marsh from the horse pond viewpoint (itchenor) there were 25 Whimbrels roosting at high tide. (PH)

Thursday, 12th July: It was back to warm sunshine and white cloud again this morning, though still with a brisk north-easterly breeze....

Ferry Pool: There was a Common Sandpiper along the side this morning, but otherwise it was just a half a dozen Black-tailed Godwits, four Lapwing, two juvenile Shelducks, a Stock Dove and four Avocets, plus the chick. (AH)

Common Sandpiper (above), juvenile Shelducks & Stock Dove on the Ferry (AH)

Long Pool: The Reed and Sedge Warblers had largely fallen silent, and there wasn't much else to be seen beyond a few Linnets and a single Blackcap in the bushes, a couple of Swifts over and lots of young Black-headed Gulls on the water. .
In Ferry Channel there were just a Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, a dozen Curlew, c20 Lapwings and c30 Redshank, plus a Grey Heron over. (AH)

Linnet & Blackcap (above), Lapwings, Grey Heron & juvenile Black-headed Gull from Long Pool (AH)

Chichester GPs: Drayton House pits - Another breeding season wildfowl check produced a total of three broods of Pochard, three of Tufted and one of Gadwall between the two pits. A noisy pair of Water Rails, with young apparently calling to them, were located in a low area of reeds....they were clearly moving about with the reeds giving away their position...but they remained infuriatingly just out of sight!
Twelve pairs of Little Grebes with young were also present, but otherwise it was routine fare - although there was a definite non-avian highlight with a flight of ex-military aircraft flying over the pits in formation, giving me a private airshow! (OM)

 Female Pochard with four young on the south pit, and formation of aircraft overflying the pits (OM)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to Stilt pool: A nice bit of variety this evening, including an Osprey and a Spoonbill on the reserve as the highlights, but a good supporting cast included two Yellow Wagtails, a juvenile Cuckoo, 20 Swallows, two Sand Martins, a Sparrowhawk and three Buzzards. Also, on and around the pool were six Avocets, 30+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper, two Green Sandpipers and five Little Ringed Plovers. (S&SaH)

Chichester GPs: Ivy Lake complex - The most notable feature of an early evening look round was the number of juvenile Gadwall present, with at least 50 spread around the pits, including 25+ on New Lake in one big group. Also on New Lake were two possibly juvenile Pochards, whilst around the main pits were up to five Common Terns, several young Chiffchaffs, Long-tailed and Blue Tits, a Tufted Duck with one duckling, a Black Swan, at least 50 Canada Geese and a dozen Great Crested Grebes, all seemingly adults. (AH)

Common Tern, Pochards, Gadwall, Tufted Ducks, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tits & Blue Tit around Ivy Lake (AH)

Wednesday, 11th July: After a surprisingly grey and chilly start, it was another fine summer's day, with plenty of sunshine, though a little cooler in the easterly breeze....

Ferry Pool: There were just a dozen Black-tailed Godwits, two Redshank and six Avocets, plus the chick, on the pool this morning. (AH)

Avocet chick (above) & Black-tailed Godwit on the Ferry (AH)

North Wall: A Spotted Redshank flew into one of the creeks beyond White's Creek this morning, and there were also six Dunlin and a few Black-tailed Godwits in the harbour, but there was no waders at all on the Breech Pool. (MO-W)

Church Norton: The seven Pale-bellied Brent Geese were out in the harbour on the rising tide, with the Dark-bellied bird separate from them near Tern Island, whilst among the many Curlew and Redshank present there were a Common Sandpiper, a Bar-tailed Godwit, four Black-tailed Godwits, two Whimbrel, 17 Dunlin and 22 Turnstones.
There was much activity on the mud around Tern Island, with at least 35 Little Terns, including several juveniles, at least half a dozen juvenile Sandwich Terns, two juvenile Common Terns and two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls.
A few Skylarks and Linnets were around the spit and c30 Swallows and a couple of Sand Martins were feeding over the water near the benches, with at least 16 juvenile Swallows sat in the trees by the hide at one point. (AH)

Little Terns (above), Common Tern, Sandwich Terns, Pale-bellied Brent Geese, Common Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Dunlin, Swallows and Sand Martin & Swallows at Church Norton (AH)

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