Thursday, 30th August: After another very chilly and rather gloomy start, it became another pleasant morning, with some warm sunshine and just a light northerly breeze, soon becoming variable....
Selsey Bill: 0730-0830hrs A Coastal Survey quadbike being used up and down the whole beach ensured that any birds present wouldn't remain, continually flushing all the gulls and a flock of 35 Turnstones. A flat calm sea on a long low tide didn't help either and nothing was moving during a short visit, though two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls were offshore.
A flock of 15 Yellow Wagtails went over west, as did a single Grey Wagtail, whilst the gardens held just one Chiffchaff and a couple of Willow Warblers..... overall, not a great morning! (OM)
North Wall: The Spoonbill was still present early on, roosting with Little Egrets, but could not be found later. A Spotted Redshank was in White's creek, whilst a Whinchat and a Wheatear were also seen along the wall. (TR) Later there were 3 Greenshank in White's Creek and a Red Kite went over. (BFF/DM)
Later, at around noon, there were three Little Ringed Plovers, a Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper on the pool, although the latter two soon disappeared. (OM/BFF/DM)
Church Norton: Whitethroats seemed to be the most conspicuous species along the hedgerows, whilst a Raven was calling from near the car park and two Sparrowhawks were chasing each other, but otherwise things seemed fairly quiet. On the second Several two Tufted Ducks and two Teal were noted, and along the beach were five Whitethroats, plus two Wheatears on the concrete blocks.
Along the west side were three Whitethroats, three Willow Warblers and a Jay. (OM/CRJ/TR/A&YF)
Later the Spoonbill was seen in flight heading towards the North Wall, two Yellow Wagtails flew over, two Sandwich Terns were present and the Raven was cronking around the Priory. (BFF/DM)
A quick look this afternoon at high-tide found four Wheatears along the spit and six or so Sandwich Terns and at least one Common Tern around the harbour entrance, where a Common Seal was also feeding. (AW)
This evening there were two Redstarts - one a fairly bright male, a Whinchat and a couple of whitethroats along the front, and several hundred mixed hirundines high overhead, whilst the only wader of note was a Greenshank roosting on the marshy area by the horse field. (AH)
It is also worthy of reporting here that a family wheeled a large canoe onto the Inner beach at Church Norton - two adults and 3 young children.I did advise them that launching a canoe in a nature reserve was not very appropriate. They told me it was all right as it was not a nature reserve and they could more or less do as they pleased. He stated that in the sixties people used to water ski. Again I did point out it is a Nature Reserve and many birds were resting during the migration from their Arctic breeding grounds. Took no notice of me and off they went happily scattering many birds. Unusual for me, I was a little bit taken aback and lost for words! (BFF/DM)
Update from IL (Warden) - Launching into the harbour from the nature reserve is still prohibited (apart from Sidlesham quay). Right of navigation is purely if they sail or canoe into the harbour from the sea. Right of navigation does not include landing, launching or mooring. They can launch seaward side of spit if the craft is carried by one person.
A Hobby went over, as did 100+ Sand Martins and Swallows, whilst the only waders on the Stilt Pool were two Common Sandpipers and a Lapwing, and the only others seen were 40 or so Black-tailed Godwits near the poplars. Also, a juvenile Grren Woodpecker was well south of the last trees, whilst the two Bar-headed Geese, two Greylag Geese and the Barnacle x Canada Goose hybrid were all among the 500 or so Canada Geese, this morning.(AH)
Medmerry: Ham Farm - It was generally very quiet, though the Peregrine was sat out on the derelict building again, half a dozen Yellowhammers and Linnets and up to 30 Meadow Pipits were along the banks and a Chiffchaff and a couple of Whitethroats were in the hedges. (AH)
An Egyptian Goose was on the pool from 9.00-9.50am this morning, before it flew off over the Visitor Centre. (TG-P)
Later there was also a Little Ringed Plover on the pool. (ED)
There were up to five Spotted Flycatchers behind the hide, several Wheatears on the concrete slabs and a Peregrine in the harbour. (AB)
Also logged were 200+ Sand Martins, 50+ House Martins, 20+ Swallows, 2 Whinchats, 3 Wheatears, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroats and 10+ Willow Warblers. (S&SaH)