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)
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)
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)
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)
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)