Friday, 17 August 2018

17th - 19th August 2018

Sunday, 19th August: An even more blustery day, with a strong westerly blowing, though quite mild beneath the heavy cloud....

Selsey Bill: (0600-0730hrs) (SH/JA/AH)
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 22E, 140W
Sanderling - 1W
Dunlin - 2W
Kittiwake - 1W
Mediterranean Gull - 1E, 1W
Sandwich Tern - 12E, 15W
Common Tern - 1W

(0950-1100hrs) (CRJ)
Gannet - 7E, 22W
Mediterranean Gull - 5W
Sandwich Tern - 20W, 12os
Common Tern - 1W

Gannets (above) & Sandwich Tern at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were three Spotted Redshanks roosting on the pool this morning, and there were also 20 juvenile Shelducks, plus an adult, present, along with c30 Teal, c50 Lapwing and c25 Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover and four Avocets, one of which then flew to the channel opposite. (AH)

Avocet (above), Little Ringed Plover and Lapwings & Shelducks around the Ferry & Ferry Channel at high tide (AH)

Park Farm, SelseyA Raven went over this morning, as did a lone Swift, along with a Sparrowhawk and 20+ House Martins and Swallows, whilst there were up to 80 Pied Wagtails and a Reed Bunting around the lettuce fields. (S&SaH/IP/AH)

Pied Wagtail at Park Farm, Selsey (AH)

Church Norton: There was a Marsh Harrier over the harbour again early this morning (S&SaH), whilst late in the morning an Osprey was seen over towards the North Wall (CRJ/RJS)
The seven Pale-bellied and the dark-bellied Brent Goose were still present, and a summer-plumaged Knot, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed Godwit and a couple of Whmbrel were among the waders.
There were up to 100 Sandwich Terns present, including 67 on the beach, with more offshore and in the harbour, and there were also a couple of Common Terns and half a dozen Mediterranean Gulls about, too, plus half a dozen Gannets more distantly offshore.
Passerine migrants were thin on the ground, though a Wheatear was along the beach and a Garden Warbler, a couple of Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroats and Whitethroats were seen behind the hide and 20+ House Martins and 50+ Swallows were feeding low down. (S&SaH/AH/IP/CRJ/RJS et al)

Whimbrel (above), Turnstone, Pale-bellied Brent Geese, Sandwich Terns & Blackcap at Church Norton (AH)

Saturday, 18th August: Another very grey and blustery, if mild, day, with a freshening westerly breeze....

Selsey Bill: (0600-0730hrs) (SH)
Gannet - 14E, 60W
Common Scoter - 6W
Mediterranean Gull - 3E, 14W
Sandwich Tern - 3W

(1600-1700hrs) (JA)
Gannet - 12E, 10W
Common Scoter - 2W
Mediterranean Gull - 1E
Sandwich Tern - 48W
Common Tern - 4W

Park Farm, Selsey: Just a single Pied Wagtail and a Whitethroat were seen this afternoon. (S&SaH)

Ferry Pool: There were a roosting Spotted Redshank, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, c40 Black-tailed Godwits, c30 Lapwings, c30 Teal and 19 Shelducks (an adult and 18 juveniles) on the pool this morning, whilst in the channel opposite there were a further three Spotted Redshanks, a Whimbrel, 25 Black-tailed Godwits and c50 Redshanks. Also, a Fox was pottering about on edge of the pool and a Painted Lady was by the Small Pool. (AH)

Spotted Redshanks (above), Little Ringed Plover, Shelducks, Fox and Painted Lady around the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: There was a Wheatear on the beach this morning, with 50+ House Martins and 50+ Swallows feeding over the trees, though few passerine migrants were noted.
Four flighty Greenshank were in the harbour, along with the seven Pale-bellied and lone Dark-bellied Brent Geese, a couple of Whimbrels and plenty of Dunlin, Redshank and Ringed Plovers.
There were up to 30 Sandwich Terns, along with a few Mediterranean Gulls, most of which were on the beach, though a few strayed into the harbour, and a couple of Gannets were well offshore. Also, a Jersey Tiger was along the path behind the churchyard. (AH)
Later on a Yellow Wagtail flew over, there were two Green Woodpeckers & two Great Spotted Woodpeckers behind the hide along with two Blackcaps and two Willow Warblers. (BI)

Wheatear (above), Greenshanks, Sandwich Tern, Sandwich Terns and Mediterranean Gulls, Pale-bellied Brent Geese, House Martin, Little Egrets and Jersey Tiger at Church Norton (AH)

This afternoon a Marsh Harrier was hunting low over the harbour, there were two Wheatears on the concrete slabs, 75+ Sandwich Terns and 10+ Common Terns in the harbour and offshore, four Gannets offshore and five swifts, 20+ Sand Martins, 20+ House Martins and 50+ Swallows were overhead. (S&SaH)

Long Pool: This evening there were 30+ Sand Martins and a few Swallows over the pool, two Common Sandpipers in Ferry Channel, a dozen Teal on the water and a lone Sedge Warbler in the hedges. (AH)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - There were a Wheatear and 20+ Yellowhammers along the banks, with a Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper around the poplars area, whilst a Peregrine and 100+ Swallows went over.
Around the Stilt Pools area there were two Common Sandpipers, a Little Ringed Plover, three Ringed Plovers, six Dunlin, a Sanderling and two Avocets, with at least 50 Sand Martins over. (S&SaH)

Sand Martin (above), Swallow & Green Woodpecker at Medmerry (SH)

North Wall & East side: An early start didn't pay off today and there was little to get excited about. The Breech Pool was as ever full of water and held only three Teal and 30 Mallard - so disappointing at this time of year - and there seemed to be few passerine migrants around either, with just a handful of Whitethroats and a couple of Reed Warbler families noted. At least 50 Swallows were hawking the fields and mudflats, plus a single Swift, whilst around 20 Curlews were feeding in the fields and two Whimbrel were flying around calling - but that was it!
White's Creek held the usual selection of Redshanks and small numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, plus a Common Sandpiper and two Greenshank. Further along the East side, two more Whimbrel were present, whilst more distantly 20+ Ringed Plovers and perhaps 70 Dunlin were feeding, 15 Great Crested Grebes were together in the channel and 40 Mediterranean Gulls were roosting on the mudflats. A couple of Willow Warblers were calling from the hedgerows and several Reed Buntings were flitting about, but my best efforts failed to find anything else of note, so I called it a day! (OM)

Common Sandpiper in White's Creek (BI)

Friday, 17th August: A lovely late summer morning, with lots of warm sunshine and just a light south-westerly breeze....

Selsey Bill: (1600-1730hrs) (SH)
Gannet - 8E, 11W
Ringed Plover - 3W
Mediterranean Gull - 1W
Common Gull - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 61W
Common Tern - 1W
Sand Martin - 1W

Ferry Pool: There were five Avocets on the pool early this morning, along with a Snipe, three Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, c30 Black-tailed Godwits, c50 Lapwing, eight Shelduck and 20 Teal, whilst there were still two Spotted Redshanks and two Whimbrel in the channel opposite. (AH).
Later on, around the tramway, there were plenty of Whitethroats, plus a Lesser Whitethroat and a Reed Warbler. (MJ)

Spotted Redshank (above), Little Ringed Plover, Avocet & Migrant Hawker around the Ferry (AH)

North Wall: A Redstart was in the hedges at Halsey's Farm this morning and there were a number of Holly Blue butterflies around. (BI)
Female & male Holly Blue (BI)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - The banks were alive with Whitethroats this morning - at least 40 birds, along with two Whinchats opposite the 'Yellowhammer Bush', four Wheatears, a Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, three Meadpw Pipits, at least 30 Yellowhammers, including many juveniles, a single Corn Bunting and three or four Reed Buntings.
Also, six Yellow Wagtails came out from among the cows and flew over the Stilt Pool and there were at least 200 Sand Martins and 100 Swallows about, all going gently westwards.
There were very few waders about - just a Common Sandpiper and a dozen Black-tailed Godwits (along with a dozen young Shelducks) by the poplars, and a couple of Common Sandpipers, a Little Ringed Plover, two Avocets and another dozen Black-tailed Godwits on the Stilt Pool, where there were at least 750 Canada Geese, the two Bar-headed Geese and an assortment of ducks, including 20+ Teal and Gadwall. There were also a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a Kestrel and at least 1000 Starlings about.(AH)

Whinchats (above), Wheatear, Sand Martins, Corn Bunting, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Bar-headed Geese & Canada Geese at Medmerry (AH)

Ivy Lake: At least 200 Sand Martins were feeding over the water at tea-time. (AH)

Fishbourne Creek: A gathering of c.350 Mediterranean Gulls was at the top of Fishbourne channel this morning - with plenty of other gulls - and a few Black-tailed Godwits, whilst 3 Yellow Wagtails flew over. One of the Med Gulls was bearing a white colour ring no. 364F. Following a prompt reply to my ringing enquiry, I can say this bird was ringed as an adult at Antwerp, Belgium, on 20/5/17 and was seen again on 17/11/17 in Omonville-la-Petite, France, before I found it today. (PH)

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