North Wall: A Pied Flycatcher was briefly in the tree by the Salthouse just before midday today, before flying off towards the hedges near the stables. (BI)
Earlier, a smart Yellow Wagtail along the wall was the highlight of a quiet morning, with other passerines few beyond a handful of Whitethroats, Reed and Sedge Warblers and 100+ Goldfinches, with 20 or so Sand Martins among 50+ Swallows feeding overhead.
A Greenshank in White's Creek was the only wader of note, though there were also a handful of Whimbrel, 50+ Redshank and 30+ Black-tailed Godwits present, with another dozen of the latter and c30 Lapwings on the Breech Pool.
There were huge numbers of gulls feeding on flying insects over the whole harbour, including plenty of Mediterranean Gulls and a lone Common Tern.
Two Jays and two Kestrels was about it for Halsey's Farm, whilst at Honer farm there were a couple of calling Willow/Chiffs and a Painted Lady. (AH/BI/PC) There was no sign of the Wall butterfly in the north fields but a Clouded Yellow flew through, a Painted Lady was over the meadow and a worn Purple Hairstreak was in the oaks. (AH/BI)
Church Norton: Early this afternoon, on the rising tide, 5 of the 7 Pale-bellied Brent were down near the old pier. There were around 10 Common and 20 Sandwich Terns among a group of Black-headed and Mediterranean Gulls, with some juveniles of each.
In the churchyard there was a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Whitethroat and small group of Swallows. (AW)
Later on, from the beach, there were 100+ Mediterranean Gulls, 20 Swifts and similar of Sand Martins and Swallows feeding overhead. (AH)
Sidlesham: Our resident family of Buzzards were being very noisy and conspicuous today, with two fully fledged youngsters in tow. (AH)
There were a couple of Reed Warblers in the road-side reeds and a Blackcaps and a large mixed Long-tailed and Blue Tit flock in the adjacent hedgerows. (AH)
Long Pool: It was quiet along the path, with just the odd Reed or Sedge Warbler making its presence known, an adult with a juvenile Little Grebe and a few Teal on the pool and just a few Redshank in Ferry Channel. (AH)
Church Norton:Tern numbers were down to a dozen Sandwich, two or three Common and a lone Little this morning, though the seven Pale-bellied and the Dark-bellied Brent Geese were still in residence, as were several Whimbrel.
About 20 Sand Martins and similar of Swallows went over, but the bushes remain quiet, with just a couple of Blackcaps and a Lesser Whitethroat behind the hide and another of the latter, plus half a dozen Whitethroats and Linnets along the front. (AH)
This afternoon there were two Wood Sandpipers on the Stilt Pool (BO'D)