Selsey Bill: (0745-0930hrs) (AH/DF)
Gannet - 15E, 5W
Common Scoter - 2E
Sandwich Tern - 20E, 5os
Common Tern - 4E, 4os
Swift - 2os
On the Breech Pool were 16 Black-tailed Godwits, a Spotted Redshank in moulting summer-plumage and 8 Teal, whilst in White's creek were a single Avocet, two Knot and 15 more Black-tailed Godwits, plus 15 Curlew and a Whimbrel further out in the harbour. On the Salthouse sluice a family of Swallows were being fed by the adults, with a single juvenile Sand Martin amongst them, presumably hoping for freebies! (OM/BFF)
Long Pool: A Greenshank flew out of Ferry Channel, where there were c50 Redshank and a few Curlews, but not much else, whilst along the path there were three or four Reed Buntings and a couple of Linnets and Whitethroats, but a lot less Reed and Sedge Warbler song. Also, a lone Sand Martin went over. (AH)
Church Norton: Two Greenshanks were out in the creeks in the harbour this morning, with a couple of Grey Plovers and a few Curlews and Mediterranean Gulls also about, but there was not much else to report beyond at least 50 Sandwich Terns on the mud near the still busy island, and a Blackcap singing near the Mound. (AH/DF)
Later, the two Greenshanks were still present with a Bar-tailed Godwit, and nearby were a Whimbrel and several Curlews. There were 120+ Sandwich Terns spread between the island and the mud, plus several Little Terns fishing, but we didn't even try to count the juvenile Black-headed Gulls which seemed to be everywhere! (OM/BFF)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - Along the banks there were several Reed Warblers singing, 20+ Mediterranean Gulls on the fields and 50+ Swallows, 10+ Sand Martins, a Swift, a Sparrowhawk and the Buzzards overhead.
Around the Stilt Pool there were a Spotted Redshank, four Little Ringed Plovers and 14 Avocets, with two chicks with them, along with 20+ Redshanks, 30+ Black-tailed Godwits, three Turnstones and two Common Terns. (S&SaH)
For interest, after a slow start this year, the Peninsula species count had risen to 200 by the end of June....so as we start the second half of the year, are we perhaps on track for a record total? Time will tell..... (with thanks to IP). (Eds)
Sunday, 1st July: The morning started bright and sunny, but high cloud filled in later on, leaving a very hot and humid day, alleviated slightly by a moderate sea-breeze....
This afternoon there were four Bottle-nosed Dolphins out near the green buoy, seen from a fishing boat. (NH)