We are grateful to our hard-working statistician (IP) for his efforts and are pleased to announce that he has recently completed his latest task of adding the 2014 records to our data, which are now available to view, together with the up to date June 2019 sightings.....just click the Statistics link on the title bar. (Eds)
North Wall: Water levels in the Breech Pool are again very low. Best bird this morning was a Wood Sandpiper that flew in with several Black-tailed Godwits before it disappeared behind the back reeds.
Also on the Breech Pool were 46 Black-tailed Godwits, two Redshank, an Oystercatcher, two pairs of Tufted Duck and four Grey Herons, one of which was battling with a foot long eel, whilst four Sand Martins passed through. At Owl Water juvenile Little Egrets were taking their first flights and crashing into nearby bushes, and a Roe Deer with two fawns was in Honer 3 field. (JDW)
The Sedge Warbler was still singing around the Small Pool, whilst at least 25 Redshank and Lapwing were in the channel opposite. (AH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - There was no sign of the Montagu's Harrier this morning, though the Quail was still calling, now back near where it was first sighted.
The Stilt Pool held just two Little Ringed Plovers, a Lapwing, two Teal and a dozen Gadwall, along with at least two families of Canada Geese, with a few Swallows going over, whilst the banks were still busy with Whitethroats, Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings, Linnets and Skylarks. (OM/PM/IP/AH/IH/AM et al)
Later, a juvenile Stonechat was along the banks. (SR)
The Quail was still calling mid-afternoon, and the Spoonbill was back on the stilt Pool. (RJS)
An evening visit and there was no sign pf the Quail, but a male Sparrowhawk was being chased by a crow by the poplars and there was a Lapwing on the Stilt Pool with two young chicks. (AM)
Sunday, 23rd June: A grey and muggy morning, with plenty of cloud, as the breeze remained from the south-east....
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - This morning the Quail was in the same area as yesterday, opposite the Poplars, calling close to the path and glimpsed in flight. Also, the Spoonbill (see above) reappeared on the Stilt Pool this late morning, there were still three Cuckoos about and a Sparrowhawk went over. (S&SaH/PB/BI/NM et al)
This evening a first-summer female Montagu's Harrier was out on the reserve, hunting and sitting on posts until 9pm at least.
Also, the Quail was still calling near the Poplars, a Cuckoo called a few times and the Barn Owl was out along the banks, whilst a Green Sandpiper went over and the Spoonbill flew off east at 8.20pm. (MB/DB/DC/AB et al)
A brief video of the Montagu's Harrier (BI) is here
Ferry Pool: The adult and juvenile Lapwing were on the pool, along with a Little Ringed Plover, a handful of Redshank and the Shelduck family, whilst the Sedge Warbler continued singing from the Small Pool and a drake Teal and a couple of Black-tailed Godwits were in the channel opposite. (AH/IP)
North Wall: The Spoonbill was again present early this morning, flying off once before returning and then (apparently) re-locating back to the Stilt Pool at Medmerry.
Also, the Spotted Redshank and a Green Sandpiper were in the channel at the back of the Breech Pool, along with eight Teal, and there were also two Little Ringed Plovers, c75 Black-tailed Godwits, two drake Wigeon, a Common Tern and at least three Grey Herons present.
At least two Cuckoos were still active in the bushes, though not calling much, and the usual Reed Buntings, Reed and Sedge Warblers were quite active, as were a couple of Chiffchaffs. (PB/SH/AH/IP/IH/AM/NM et al)
Church Norton: Two female Goosanders going east close offshore was a most unseasonal sighting, though the harbour was otherwise dominated by terns, including an apparent increase in the number of Common Terns actively bringing in fish.
Two Dunlin and the odd Ringed Plover and Curlew were about the sum of wader interest, whilst a family of at least eight Whitethroats at Greenlease Farm was among the more conspicuous passerines, though one or two Sedge Warblers and a Reed Bunting were along the Severals and several Swifts and a couple of Swallows, plus a Sparrowhawk, went over. (AH/IP/RM/S&SaH)
Along Pagham Rife there were 4 Cuckoos together in the willows - it appeared to be 2 males and 2 females, with one male adding a 3 note introduction before singing cuckoo. On Honer reservoir the only birds to be seen were a pair of Shelduck with 4 ducklings. (JDW)