It is also worthy of mention that a fine new (wartime) memorial bench has appeared on the Oval field - on top of the southernmost raised bank - slightly angled so as to afford fine views towards the Isle of Wight (see photos below)......
Full log below......
0730-1230hrs: (C&ME/MO-W/OM et al)
Red-throated Diver - 4E, 1W
Great Northern Diver - 2W, 2os
Great Crested Grebe - 1os
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 1W
Greylag Goose - 1E
Common Scoter - c.50os
Red-breasted Merganser - 9E, 7W, 7os
Turnstone - 30 ob
Razorbill - 1os
Mediterranean Gull - 8os
Chiffchaff - 1 singing Bill House garden
Later, at approx 1455hrs, a Great Skua flew west off the Bill - quite likely the bird seen at Church Norton earlier. (AW)
Ferry Pool: About 30 Lapwings and 13 Golden Plovers were flying about overhead, whilst on the pool there were four Gadwall, two Shelduck and the usual mix of Teal, Wigeon and Shovelers. (AH)
Church Norton: A Bonxie was patrolling the harbour early this morning, upsetting everything, including a large flock of Brent Geese. (AW) Later, the Bonxie re-appeared from the east, before drifting back in that direction. (ARK)
Pagham Spit: A wonderful experience this afternoon.... the juvenile Great Skua was on the Pagham Spit side of the harbour earlier today annoying the local gull population before it landed not 30 metres from me, right near where the old hide used to be. I took a load of pictures, but when my back was turned it flew into the harbour and settled on the island where the Peregrine sits! (GWh)
North Wall: A Firecrest was along the path to the harbour this morning. (IH)
Long Pool: The Spotted Redshank was at the end of Ferry Channel, along with c30 Redshank and c50 Teal, but not much else, whilst on the pool there were ten Tufted Ducks and two Little Grebes, plus a calling Cetti's Warbler. (AH)
Marsh Farm, Sidlesham to the North Wall: It was generally quiet, though a few Yellowhammers were around Marsh Farm and two Shovelers were on Honer Reservoir. (JDW)
Medmerry: Porthole Farm to Ham Farm - A covey of six Grey Partridges were around the solar farm, but the hedges around Porthole Farm were quiet, with just a few Reed Buntings and Yellowhammers about, with a few more, plus a dozen Meadow Pipits and c75 Stock Doves along the track between the farms.
The banks at Ham, however, were full of birds, including a couple of Corn Buntings, up to five Stonechats, a dozen Yellowhammers, c50 Meadow Pipits and Skylarks, c100 Goldfinches and at least 300 Linnets, whilst a Peregrine was sat out on the derelict building.
Also, three Roe Deer and a Hare were about. (AH)
Red-throated Diver - 1E
Slavonian Grebe - 1os
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 1E, 3W
Common Scoter - 25os
Red-breasted Merganser - 10E, 2W, 7os
Mediterranean Gull - 5W
Tuesday, 19th February: A fairly warm and sunny morning after a frosty start, with a light to moderate westerly breeze.....
Later, at about 1315hrs, a close Great Skua heading west was observed from the Hillfield Road car park (C&ME)