Sunday, 26 May 2019

26th - 28th May 2019

Tuesday, 28th May: A fairly cool morning, with a blustery north-westerly breeze and plenty of fast-moving cloud.......

Selsey Bill: An Arctic Skua chasing gulls well offshore and a flock of eight Kittiwakes west were the highlights of a slow morning, though there were c50 Gannets and a lot of large gulls feeding distantly offshore. Full log below..... 
0635-1000hrs:  (AH/OM/C&ME/IP/BFF/DM)
Gannet - 78 os
Common Scoter - 35E
Guillemot - 2E
Commic Tern - 38os
Sandwich Tern - 42E
Kittiwake - 13W
Arctic Skua - 1 os (l/p)

Kittiwakes (above), Sandwich Tern, House Martins & Grey Seal at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There was just a Little Ringed Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit, three Lapwings, three Redshank and c25 Shelducks, including families of three and two youngsters on the pool this morning. (AH)

Lapwing (above) & Shelducks on the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: A sub-adult Little Gull popped up among the 60+ Sandwich Terns, 20+ Little Terns, 10+ Common Terns that were disturbed from the islands by a passing Peregrine this morning, but the harbour held next to no waders, early on at least.
The usual selection of Whitethroats, Linnets and Reed Buntings was along the beach, whilst a pair of Buzzards and a few Swallows were around overhead, and there was a large group of young Long-tailed Tits in the first Several. (AH/IP/BFF/DM/OM)
Later, on the falling tide, a large flock of c.100 mixed waders were flying back and forth, before settling at distance on a mud bank part way along the west side. There were seven Grey Plover, 60+ Dunlin, 20+ Ringed Plover and a couple of pale, active waders which caused some debate but initially appeared to be Little Stints. However, these 'stints' eventually got nearer and larger, prompting a review of that ID and on closer inspection they soon morphed into six Sanderlings! (BFF/DM/OM)

Whitethroats (above), Sandwich and Little Terns & Sandwich and Common Terns at Church Norton (AH)

Chichester Marina: The Mute Swans by the Marina had three cygnets with them today. (MR)

Mute Swans at Chichester Marina (MR)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - The banks just held a Cuckoo of interest, with eight Swallows and four Buzzards over, whilst there were 13 Avocets on the Stilt Pool. (SH)

Medmerry: Porthole Farm - There were c60 Swifts, c20 Swallows and c100 House Martins over the settling tanks this evening, with a couple of pairs of Whitethroats, two Buzzards, four Mediterranean Gulls and a calling Cuckoo also noted. (AH)

Swifts (above) & Swallow at Medmerry (AH)

Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May: A day of sunshine and cloud, being pushed through on a fresh north-westerly breeze...

Selsey Bill: Two Cattle Egrets going west, well offshore, at 6.30am was a big surprise on an otherwise quiet morning, dominated by a reasonable gathering of Gannets. Full log below...
(0545- 0900hrs)  (SH/BI/IP/AH)
Great Northern Diver - 1W
Fulmar - 2E, 3W
Gannet - 62os
Cattle Egret - 2W
Common Scoter - 32E
Sanderling - 3W
Kittiwake - 13W
Sandwich Tern - 7os
Little Tern - 2os
Razorbill - 1W
Guillemot - 2E
auk sp - 7E, 3W
Swift - 11p
Swallow - 2p
House Martin - 8p

Sandwich Tern (above), House Martin & Gannet at the Bill (AH)

1600-1730hrs:  (SH)
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 12E, 20W
auk sp - 2W
Sandwich Tern - 34os
Kittiwake - 24W
Arctic Skua - 1E (d/p)

Ferry Pool: There was a Little Ringed Plover and three Lapwings on the pool this morning, along with four Redshank and a dozen Shelducks, plus at least three youngsters. (AH)

Little Ringed Plover on the Ferry (AH)

Long Pool: There were still three Lesser Whitethroats and lots of Reed and Sedge Warblers along the pool, plus a Reed Bunting carrying young and a dozen Linnets, but Ferry Channel just held a handful of Black-tailed Godwits, Gadwall, Redshank and Shelduck. (AH)

Sedge Warbler (above) & Reed Bunting along the Long Pool (AH)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - The banks were very quiet in the blustery conditions, whilst the Stilt Pool just held ten Avocets, two Little Ringed P;overs and 33 Black-tailed Godwits. (S&SaH)

Church Norton: There were 13 Knot in the harbour, along with four Bar-tailed and two Black-tailed Godwits, a Curlew, a Brent Goose and a few Dunlin and Ringed Plovers, whilst the Little and Sandwich Terns, plus a few Common Terns, were active both in the harbour and offshore.
One or two Whitethroats and Blackcaps, plus a couple of Skylarks, were seen, too, and a Roe Deer with two young fawns was in the horse field. (AH/IP/RM)

Sandwich Terns (above), Sandwich Terns and Knot, Ringed Plover & Whitethroat at Church Norton (AH)

North Wall/Halsey's farm: Generally quiet again this morning. A dozen Black-tailed Godwits were on White's Creek, plus a single Wigeon, with another Wigeon nearby in the horse paddocks. The Breech pool was looking perfect for waders, with some nice muddy margins, but 29 Black-tailed Godwits were the only such birds present to take advantage, with two Teal, four Shelduck and several Mallard for company. The usual Reed, Sedge and Cetti's Warblers were present, with a singing Lesser Whitethroat and plenty of Common Whitethroats at Halsey's.
There was nothing at Owl Point itself, but viewing from there towards the west side of the harbour there was a somewhat distant mixed flock of waders on the mudflats, consisting of several Grey Plovers, c. 60 Dunlin and 20+ Ringed Plovers.  (OM) 

Fishbourne Creek - Dell Quay: This morning on the low tide was rather quiet with 4 Wigeon at Fishbourne,  plus 3 Brent Geese and 19 Great Crested Grebes well below Dell Quay being the highlights. The only waders seen were an Oystercatcher and 2 Redshank. At Apuldram, 10 House Martins were low over the foreshore, while at the Lavant outfall at least 2 Reed Warblers were singing from the reedbeds. (RW)

Sunday, 26th May: A mild and mostly bright, if blustery, day in a fresh westerly breeze...

Selsey Bill: Eight Manx Shearwaters and an Arctic Skua east were the best birds this morning. Full log below. (SH/PB/CRJ/IP/BI/AH/RJS)
Red-throated Diver - 1E
Manx Shearwater - 8E
Fulmar - 1E, 5W
Gannet - 57E, 56W, 30os
Common Scoter - 68E
Arctic Skua - 1E (d/p)
Kittiwake - 2W
Sandwich Tern - 17os
Common Tern - 5os
Guillemot - 1E, 1W
auk sp - 9E, 3W
Swallow - 5p
House Martin - 10p
Whitethroat - 1p

Common Tern (above), Gannet & House Martins at the Bill (AH)

(1315-1415hrs) (SH)
Gannet - 15E
Common Scoter - 15E
Sandwich Tern - 12os
Common Tern - 2os
Guillemot - 1E

Ferry Pool: There were just four Redshanks and 29 Shelduck on a fast drying out pool this morning, with up to ten Gadwall and a dozen Black-tailed Godwits between the channel opposite and the main channel.
The Tramway circuit held at least three Lesser Whitethroats and Chiffchaffs, plus a handful of Blackcaps and Whitethroats and a vocal Song Thrush. (AH)

Redshank (above), Gadwall, Black-tailed Godwits & Chiffchaff around the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton: A very late Whinchat was in the first Several, along with a couple of Reed Buntings and the usual Whitethroats, Reed and Sedge Warblers, whilst Linnets and a couple of Skylarks were along the beach and Blackcaps were between the Severals and in Bluebell Wood.
The harbour held good numbers of Little and Sandwich Terns, along with up to ten Common Terns and one or two Mediterranean Gulls, but waders consisted of four Bar-tailed Godwits, a Turnstone and a few Dunlin and Ringed Plovers. (AH/IP/RM)

Whinchat (above), Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Little Tern & Dunlin and Ringed Plovers at Church Norton (AH)

Pagham west side: A Reed Warbler was singing to the left of the hide this morning and there were a few Whitethroats around the hedges. At Reedy Marsh there were good numbers of Linnets around the gorse and a Small Copper was on the Sea Thrift nearby. (BI)

Small Copper along the west side (BI)

Ivy Lake: There was only one Common Tern to report today and this was soon flushed by the water-skiers; otherwise it was generally quiet on both water and bank. On Nunnery Lake there were two Pochard and two Gadwall with six Tufted Ducks also present and Deep Lake, while quiet for birds, held a group of surface feeding Common Carp. (BI)

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