One of the Black-headed Gull chicks ringed on Tern Island on 11th June was relocated at Earlswood Lakes, Redhill, Surrey on 12th December - 184 days later and 66km to the north-east. (IL)
Great Northern Diver - 2os
Red-throated Diver - 2W
Slavonian Grebe - 4os
Common Scoter - 30W
Red-breasted Merganser - 6os
Park Farm, Selsey: A Chiffchaff was again in the hedges and a Stonechat was along the track this morning, whilst at least 100 Curlews and 50 Brent Geese were on the fields. (AH/IP)
Later, two Chiffchaffs were present, along with a Grey Wagtail, 20+ Skylarks and ten Pied Wagtails, with 116 Curlews on the fields and a Sparrowhawk over. (S&SaH)
Ferry Pool: There were 80 Redshank and 200 Lapwing roosting on the edge of the pool, with at least 30 Shovelers and 100 Teal also present and at least 100 Wigeon in the creek in the field. (AH)
Sidlesham: Marsh Farm to Chalder Farm to Bramber Farm - A Cetti's Warbler was calling at the far end of Churxh Farm Lane this morning. (A&YF)
Later, four Cattle Egrets were near Marsh Farm, and there were also a Raven, a Buzzard and a Chiffchaff in the area. (S&SaH/JDW)
Three Goldeneye and four Red-breasted Mergansers were in the harbour - with another half a dozen of the latter offshore - and there were at least 100 Pintail among the many Wigeon, Teal and Brent Geese present, with two or three Little and Great Crested Grebes also present.
Two Lesser Black-backed Gulls and half a dozen Mediterranean and Common Gulls were about, whilst at least 20 Skylarks were around/over Tern Island and three Stonechats were in the horse field, with a dozen or so Linnets and Meadow Pipits and a calling Cetti's Warbler also in the vicinity. (AH/IP/P&JW)
North Wall: There was a good start to the morning with a Sparrowhawk, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and two Coal Tits in my Pagham garden.
I did a long walk round the harbour but things were very quiet, with all of the fields north of the Wall flooded and only playing host to Gulls and Corvids.
There were 1820 Brent Geese were on the fields west of Pagham Road but quite hard to see as they were well back against the southern border. Also, Pagham Rife appears to be contaminated again by the footbridge close to the pumping station. (JDW)
Gannet - 3W
Red-breasted Merganser - 4os
Kittiwake - 1W
Park Farm, Selsey: This afternoon a Chiffchaff was in the hedges, 106 Curlews, a Grey Wagtail and at least 20 Pied Wagtails were in the fields and a Buzzard went over. (S&SaH)
Ferry Pool: There were four Shelducks, 25 Shoveler and c80 Teal on the pool this morning, plus a handful of Redshank and Lapwing roosting on the little island. (AH)
Church Norton: The Whimbrel was in its usual haunt at high tide and there were at least 200 Knot around the old harbour mouth, along with 50+ Grey Plovers and Turnstones, but only a couple of hundred Dunlin among them.
There were at least 100 Brent Geese, plus similar of Wigeon and Teal in the harbour, along with a couple of Little and Great Crested Grebes, but nothing much was offshore. The only small birds noted were a handful of Skylarks on the spit and a few Goldcrests and Long-tailed Tits along the sheltered hedges. (AH)
Later on there were two Red-breasted Mergansers in the harbour and about 1000 Dunlin on the beach with 50+ Knot and Grey Plover among them. (S&SaH)
North Wall: A good start to the morning with a Sparrowhawk, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and two Coal Tits in my Pagham garden.
I did a long walk round the harbour but things very quiet, with all of the fields north of the Wall flooded and only playing host to Gulls and Corvids. There were, however, four Cattle Egrets just west of Marsh Farm.
A total of 1820 Brent Geese were on the fields west of Pagham Road but quite hard to see as they were well back against the southern border. Also, Pagham Rife appears to be contaminated again by the footbridge close to the pumping station. (JDW)
Runcton area: From the concrete road south of Runcton this morning, looking south towards the farm reservoir, there were half a dozen Mute Swans and eight Geese, which I presume were the Egyptian Geese seen previously by AH, but I couldn’t be 100% certain, as they were distant, seen against the sun and only through bin's! Also 2 Song Thrushes were noted (CRJ).
East Head: This morning, with a high tide and massive rollers coming into the harbour we were struggling to find any species on the water - with just six Red-breasted Merganser and Great crested Grebe noted, along with three Sandwich Terns that drifted west. Around 35 Skylarks were feeding along the tide line and two Stonechats nearby being the only other species of note. (BFF/DM)