Most of the regular waders were present, including two Little Ringed Plovers, three Dunlin, c40 Black-tailed Godwits, c60 Lapwing and a few Redshank, along with the 26 Shelducks and similar of Teal, with a Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank and a Whimbrel in the channel opposite. (AH/AW/RHa/SHa)
Northcommon Farm: The Little Owl was present again early this morning (SH), whilst a Spotted Flycatcher was at 'Flycatcher Corner'. (BI)
Park Farm, Selsey: There were at least 20 Yellow Wagtails on the fields this morning, along with a Grey Wagtail and 30+ Pied Wagtails, with a Blackcap in the hedges and a Sparrowhawk over. (S&SaH)
Also, there were four Whinchats, a Yellow Wagtail and at least eight Wheatears around Owl Point, a Garden Warbler - even singing briefly - in the hedges at Halsey's Farm, a dozen Whitethroats, similar of Reed Warbler and ten Willow Warblers along the banks and hedges and two Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper and a Knot in White's Creek. (OM/IP/EL/CN/IH/AH et al)
Friday, 24th August: A mostly bright and breezy day, surprisingly chill to start with, with a mix of sunshine and cloud, pushed through by a brisk westerly.....
Selsey Bill: There was nothing other than Gannets passing through offshore, but a small number of Sand Martins and Swallows headed out, whilst four Yellow Wagtails went west. Full log below....
Gannet - 10E, 55W
Eider - 1os
Sandwich Tern - 2E, 8W
Mediterranean Gull - 3W
Yellow Wagtail - 4W
Sand Martin - 28 out SW
Swallow - 20 SW
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 3E, 20W
Sandwich Tern - 3E, 20W, 20os
Common Tern - 1W
There were still 20+ Whitethroats around the Tramway circuit, along with a Spotted Flycatcher, half a dozen Blackcaps and Lesser Whitethoats and 40+ Long-tailed Tits, whilst a Raven went over west. (AH)
Later, IL received a report of a Cattle Egret roosting with the Little Egrets at Owl Copse, this bird was located fairly soon after, feeding in a field amongst cattle in the north fields; a second Cattle Egret was then found in the Egret roost on the island. (IL/BI/IB/IH)
Church Norton: An Osprey came into the harbour and caught a fish mid-morning, before drifting off north with its catch. A Greenshank and several Whimbrel were in the harbour, a Sanderling was on the foreshore and the seven Pale-bellied and one Dark-bellied Brent Geese were sat on the sea.
There was a mix of migrants, including the Whinchat along the path to the beach, a Spotted Flycatcher by the concrete wall, up to ten Wheatears around the concrete slabs and the beach, four Yellow Wagtails on the beach and 20+ Whitethroats, a few Lesser Whitethroats and Blackcaps and a Reed Warbler in the hedges. (AH/BI/TS/A&YF/P&JW et al)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to Stilt Pool - (Late morning to mid afternoon)...
Medmerry - Ham: The highlight here were six Wheatears and three Whinchats but other than these and few Whitethroats & Yellowhammers it was quiet. (BI)
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 5E, 4W
Ringed Plover - 1W
Kittiwake - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 4E, 14W, 10os
A Greenshank was in the harbour, with it, or another, in the creek by the horse field a bit later on, and there were also three Whimbrels present, along with a few Sandwich Terns in the harbour, and another dozen offshore, along with a handful of Gannets. (AH/MJ)
Later, there were 12 Sandwich Terns, 5 Wigeon, a juvenile Peregrine and a Raven. (BFF/DM)