Selsey Bill: (0745-1045hrs) A Bonxie east and two Arctic Skuas west were the highlights this morning, plus a few Wheatears and Willow Warblers. Full log below. (C&ME)
Gannet - 7E, 9W
Common scoter - 3E
Bonxie - 1E
Arctic Skua - 2W (d/p)
Sandwich Tern - 8os
Swallow - 404E
House Martin - 74E
Wheatear - 5p
Willow Warbler - 8p (in Bill House garden)
North Wall: There were reports of nine Cattle Egrets (G Holderness), twelve (per IL) and eight, plus five Yellow Wagtails (JDW) at different times during the day from the Bremere Bridge area of the north fields.
Gary Holderness' video of the Cattle Egrets today is here
Northcommon Farm: There were three Spotted Flycatchers at 'Flycatcher Corner' this morning, with six Yellow Wagtails, a sparrowhawk and two Buzzards over. (SH)
Ferry Pool: The Little Stint was present again late this morning, though absent early on, along with two Green Sandpipers, two Dunlin, a dozen Redshank, 25 Black-tailed Godwits, eight Shelduck, c50 Lapwing and c60 Teal, whilst there were two Whimbrel in the channel opposite and a Greenshank further out into the harbour.
Blackcaps were the most numerous species around the Tramway circuit early on, with at least 20 present, along with half a dozen Whitethroats and a couple of Blackcaps and Willow/Chiffs. (AH)
Also, an Osprey went west over the Ferry at 3.15pm, (IL) and a Hobby went over the Visitor Centre at 5.30pm (BO'D)
Church Norton: There were just a few migrants this morning, including a Whinchat and four Wheaears along the spit, a couple of Yellow Wagtails, plus a Pied Wagtail, that dropped in on the concrete blocks, Spotted Flycatchers behind the hide and by the concrete wall and a dozen or more Blackcaps, half a dozen Whitethroats and a couple of Lesser Whitethroats, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, mainly along the Severals.
Also, a steady trickle of Swallows went east, with the odd Sand and House Martin among them. There wasn't much in the harbour on the high tide beyond a Grey Plover and a few Dunlin and Turnstones, and there was just one Sandwich Tern going east, well offshore. (AH/AW/A&YF)
Wednesday, 5th September: After a decidedly chill start, the cloud cleared and it was a pleasantly sunny morning, despite the brisk easterly breeze...
Selsey Bill: (0900-1100hrs) (C&ME)
North Wall: A total of eight Cattle Egrets were tracked down this morning, feeding among the very large cattle herd, just west of Bremere Bridge (to the north-west of Owl Copse).
Otherwise it was fairly quiet for migrants, with a Redstart and c30 Yellow Wagtails towards Owl Point, another (male) in the hedges towards Honer Farm, two Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats and a Wheatear along the wall, and another of the latter along the east side, with a modest, if steady easterly flow of House Martins, plus a few Swallows and sand Martins overhead.
The Spoonbill was in the harbour again, a Raven went over, as did a Sparrowhawk, and there was an influx of wildfowl evident, including c30 Pintail and at least 50 Wigeon, including nine on the Breech Pool.
There weren't too many waders of note in the harbour, beyond a Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel and a few Grey Plovers, though there were up to 200 Redshanks and 50 Black-tailed Godwits in White's Creek and a Snipe was towards Honer Farm. (AH/JDWCRJ//BI/IH/IB/PC et al)
Park Farm, Selsey: There were just three Yellow Wagtails and two Pied Wagtails on the fields this evening, with a Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk over. (S&SaH)
There wasn't much of note in the harbour beyond eight Pintail, c30 Teal, c30 Turnstones and c200 Dunlin. (AH/PB/CN/MJ/A&YF/BFF/DM/TB/CR/TR et al)
Medmerry: Breach to the Stilt Pool - A monster walk from the Breach/Bunn Leisure side around to the west side and back failed to find any sign of the Hooded Crow but there were two Cattle Egrets showing well on the Stilt Pool. Apart from those the highlights were two Wheatears, two Whinchats and a Marsh Harrier.(GJa)