Pom King 2019: It's been a good while since we had a full Pom party, but yesterday evening the new Pom King Paul Bowley certainly did the honours. We were all delighted to see Yvette and Alan Ford present amongst the guests - their first joint outing since their injuries in the nasty accident earlier this year - and I think I speak for everyone when I say how well they seem to be progressing in their recovery. The fair gathering of Selsey regulars present were then treated to a catering extravaganza of truly delicious food presented by Paul's wife Nancy, which eventually concluded with a splendid Pom-cake - a first I think for Pom parties!
Selsey Bill: Highlight of a predictably slow morning was a Brent Goose sat on the sea. (SH/BI)
Gannet - 22E, 7W
Brent Goose - 1os
Sandwich Tern - 45os
Little Tern - 1os
Common Tern - 2os
auk sp - 3E, 1W
Swift - 18p
House Martin - 2p
Around 50 Swifts and 20 Swallows went west, whilst the banks held the usual mix of Yellowhammers, Linnets and Whitethroats, plus the odd Reed Bunting and Reed Warbler and plenty of Skylarks.
Otherwise it was quiet, though a Sand Martin went over the beach, a few Curlews were about and a dozen Turnstones and two or three Ringed Plovers were around the old harbour mouth. (AH/S&SaH)
Late this afternoon a Yellowhammer was in the hedge at Norton Corner. They remain a scarce bird around the harbour despite being numerous at Medmerry. (SH)
Selsey Bill: (BI)
Gannet - 66E
Sandwich Tern - c.20os
The Spoonbill was roosting on the stilt Pool this evening. (SR)
There wasn't too much in the harbour beyond a mass of terns and gulls, including many newly-fledged Black-head Gulls, this morning, though a couple of Ringed Plovers and Curlews were present, as were a Swift and a couple of Swallows. (AH)
Friday, 28th June: Another warm and bright morning, but still with a fresh and blustery easterly breeze...
There was also quite a few of what I think were Childling Pinks along the seaward edge of the lagoon on the spit. (AH)