Monday, 20 May 2019

20th - 22nd May 2019

Wednesday, 22nd May: A splendid morning, with barely a breath of wind and lots of warm sun...

Selsey Bill: A Great Northern Diver and an Eider, plus a few Common Scoters were offshore, but generally it was very quiet. Full log below..... 
0630-0930hrs: (C/&ME/AH/IP) 
Great Northern Diver - 1os
Gannet - 2E
Eider - 2os
Common Scoter - 32E, 2os
Grey Plover - 5E
Dunlin - 2E
Common Tern - 8os
Commic Tern - 32os
Sandwich Tern - 36E
House Martin - 12p (local nesters)
Swallow - 3N, 3p
Whitethroat - 1 gardens

1300-1400hrs:  (OM)
Gannet - 1W
Common Scoter - 41E
auk sp - 2W
Sandwich Tern - 3E, 6os

Sandwich Tern (above), Common Tern, House Martin & a view of the Isle of Wight at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: A Nightjar was briefly on a fence behind the Visitor Centre this morning, but was seen by only two lucky observers before it flew off. (IL/TG-P)

Nightjar behind the Visitor centre (IL)

The pool itself was quiet, with just the usual mix of a couple of Avocets and Redshanks, c20 Black-tailed Godwits and a few Shelduck, but there was also a pair of Lapwings with four small chicks by the concealed pool. (AH)

Lapwing family (above) & Black-tailed Godwit at the Ferry (AH)

West Wittering: A Golden Oriole  - potentially the bird of the day - was singing early this morning from trees at the north of the village. (GM)

The recording (GM) can be heard here .

North Wall: A Cuckoo was in the paddocks this morning, as was a drake Wigeon, but generally it was quiet, with c20 Black-tailed Godwits in White's Creek and nothing bar a Grey Heron and a few Mallards  in a now very full Breech Pool.
There was plenty of Reed and Sedge Warbler activity in the reeds, with a Cetti's Warbler and a Whitethroat also about, and a family of Stoats were near the Salthouse. (AH/OM/IP)

Cuckoo (above), Sedge Warbler, Wigeon & Stoats at the North Wall (AH)

Fishbourne Creek: Four Yellowhammers were feeding in and around the paddock dung-heap late morning, whilst in the channel the summering herd of Mute Swans was counted at 156 birds. There was little else of note bar a couple of Blackcaps and a couple of Mediterranean Gulls that went over calling continuously. (OM)

Medmerry: Easton Lane - A Turtle Dove flew north over Easton Lane early this afternoon. (AB)

Medmerry: Windmill beach - From West Sands there were two Common Scoters offshore with another 21 passing east, along with an Eider. (AW)

Common Scoters off Medmerry beach (AW)

Church Norton: There were plenty of waders in the harbour on the dropping tide this evening, including a dozen Knot, ten Turnstones, a Sanderling, eight Bar-tailed Godwits, c30 Ringed Plovers and c60 Dunlin.
Plenty of Little and Sandwich Terns were in the harbour, along with a handful of Common Terns and Mediterranean Gulls, whilst three Brent Geese were flying around the harbour mouth before heading towards the North Wall.
Also, a Cuckoo could be heard, and earlier in the day a Grey Partridge was along Rectory Lane. (AW/AH)

Knot (above),Dunlin and Ringed Plovers (AH) & with Sanderling (AW) at Church Norton

Tuesday, 21st May: A lovely warm and sunny morning, with just a light north-westerly breeze...

Selsey Bill: Unsurprisingly quiet, though three Brent Geese that settled on the spit before drifting east on the sea were a surprise, and there were plenty of Sandwich Terns, plus a few Little and Common Terns feeding close inshore. Full log later. 
0600-1030hrs: (OM/C&ME/IP/DF/DS/AH)
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 7E, 16W
Brent Geese - 3 os drifted off E
Common Scoter - 26E
Sanderling - 7E
Guillemot - 2E
Little Tern - 7os
Common Tern - 9os
Commic Tern - 12os
Sandwich Tern - 36os
Mediterranean Gull - 5os
Swift - 7 area
House Martin - 12 p (local breeders)
Swallow - 4N
Whitethroat - 1 Bill House garden

Common Tern courtship (above), Sandwich Terns, Little Terns, Brent Geese & House Martin at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were few birds on the pool again - just two Avocets, two Little Ringed Plovers,  four Redshank, ten Black-tailed Godwits, two Gadwall and just one family of Shelducks, with a pair of Reed Warblers by the road and a Lesser Whitethroat and a Blackcap in the hedge opposite. (AH)

Reed Warbler (above) & juvenile Blue Tit around the Ferry (AH)

Long Pool: There was still lots of Reed and Sedge Warbler song, whilst there were also two calling Lesser Whitethroats, several Whitethroats, two Reed Buntings and a dozen Linnets about.
At least three pairs of Lapwings were on the un-cropped fields, but the channel just held half a dozen each of Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit and Gadwall. (AH)

Lesser Whitethroats (above) & Lapwings around the Long Pool (AH)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - A Cuckoo was showing well around the Poplars, with a a Stonechat nearby and two Peregrines went over, but the banks were fairly slow in the mid-morning heat, with just the usual mix of Whitethroats, Linnets and Skylarks, plus the odd Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer seen.
There were no more than three brooding Avocets on a very quiet Stilt Pool this morning, with a lone Lapwing and an Oystercatcher the only other waders seen. Half a dozen Shelducks, Gadwall and Tufted Ducks were also present, whilst a family of Canada Geese were here and another was on an adjacent pool. 
Also seen were a Brown Hare, a Brimstone and a Four-spotted Chaser. (AH/IP/SH)
Later on, a Whinchat was also present. (HB/MW)

Cuckoo (top SH) (above), Canada Goslings & Four-spotted Chaser  (AH) at Medmerry

Church Norton: There were five Bar-tailed Godwits, four Grey Plovers, c20 Dunlin and a couple of Ringed Plovers in the harbour this evening, along with lots of terns and half a dozen Mediterranean Gulls, whilst a pair of Skylarks were on the beach end of the spit. (AH)

Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plovers & Skylark at Church Norton (AH)

Monday, 20th May: A mild and muggy morning, with a mix of weak, hazy sun and heavy cloud, with the breeze fairly light and from the north-west...

Selsey Bill: Not too much was on the move, though over 50 Common Scoters and 60 Sandwich Terns went east and a lone Brent Goose went west, with a few Sandwich and one or two Little Terns feeding close offshore. Full log below. 
(0615-1015hrs): (C&ME/AH/IP) 
Great Northern Diver - 1os
Gannet - 47E, 4W
Brent Goose - 1W
Common Scoter - 59E
Whimbrel - 1E
Sandwich Tern - 61E (including one flock of 40)
Little Tern - 2os
Swift - 2N
Swallow - 10N
House Martin - 10p
Whitethroat - 1p

Little Tern (above), Sandwich Terns, Common Scoters  & Brent Goose at the Bill (AH)

(1645-1800hrs) (SH)
Gannet - 12E, 3W
Black-tailed Godwit - 1W
Arctic Skua - 1W
Kittiwake - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 12os
Common Tern - 1os
Swift - 3p
House Martin - 7p

Ferry Pool: Very little was on the pool again - just 20 or so Black-tailed Godwits, three Avocets, six Redshank and the two Shelduck families - though a Cuckoo dropped into the hedge on the south side.
The Channel opposite held a Whimbrel, ten Black-tailed Godwits and eight Gadwall, whilst along the Tramway there were singing Chiffchaff and Lesser Whitethroat, plus the usual Whitethroats and Blackcaps. (AH)
Later, a Little Ringed Plover was present again, too. (IP)

Cuckoo (above), Chiffchaff, Black-tailed Godwit & Gadwall around the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: There were 26 Knot - many in summer-plumage - in the harbour this morning, along with six Dunlin, four Turnstones, a Ringed Plover, six Black-tailed and ten Bar-tailed Godwits, and there was still plenty of Sandwich and Little Tern activity around the islands, along with a few more Mediterranean Gulls than of late.
Two Gadwall were also in the harbour and a Buzzard went over, but the bushes were very quiet. (AH/IP)

Knot (above) & Mediterranean Gull at Church Norton (AH)

North Wall: A surprisingly mild morning along the Wall. There is now plenty of water in the Breech Pool but still very few birds were taking advantage, with most activity coming from the Golden Carp. The usual cast were present along the reed-beds and hedges, including Reed, Sedge and Cetti's Warblers, Linnets, Reed Buntings and Whitethroats, whilst the Long-tailed Tits that had nested in brambles at Owl Water have hatched and the adults were feeding seven young. 
A Cuckoo was calling at Owl Copse, whilst to the left of the T-junction at the west end of the Wall was a very confiding Whinchat. There was considerable Little Egret activity in and out of Owl Copse and young Grey Herons could be seen on nests. 
On the mud in front of Owl Copse were two Black-tailed and two Bar-tailed Godwits and a Whimbrel, whilst a Marsh Harrier had been reported there earlier in the morning. (JDW) There were also a pair of Bullfinches on Owl Copse and another Cuckoo was calling towards the reservoirs early this morning whilst the hedges of the more southerly fields held several Whitethroats and Blackcaps. (BI)

Whinchat (above) & Grey Heron around the North Wall (JDW); Whinchat, Bullfinches & spawning Common Carp (BI)

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