Selsey Bill: Having noted that recently, at sites much further west, some petrels and shearwaters have been seen, I was determined to put in a decent shift at the Bill today just in case. I was pleased to be joined by PC for part of the time, but sadly my efforts were not rewarded and an Arctic Skua was the best on offer. Full log (!) below........
Fulmar - 2W
Gannet - 20E, 4W
Little Tern - 1 os
Common Tern - 6 os
Sandwich Tern - 30+ os
Kittiwake - 4W
Mediterranean Gull - 2W
Arctic Skua - 1E (d/p, briefly harassing terns)
Views from the nesting colonies: (top) Little Tern chick & egg, (below) Sandwich Tern chicks, (bottom two - Mediterranean Gull and Sandwich Terns) (all photos IL - under licence)
Long Pool: One of the pairs of Little Grebes had young hidden in the reeds this morning, and there was also a pair of Gadwall present, but Ferry Chanel just held a handful of Redshank and Shelducks.
Several Reed and Sedge Warblers were singing along the pool, with a Blackcap and a handful of Linnets also about, and half a dozen Lapwings were on the uncropped fields. (AH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - There were two roosting Spoonbills on the Stilt Pool, along with two Little Ringed Plovers, ten Avocets, six pairs of Gadwall and three pairs of Tufted Ducks, with a Stonechat and a Meadow Pipit in the vicinity.
The banks and hedgerows held the usual suspects in reasonable numbers, including Whitethroat, Yellowhammer, Stock Dove, Linnet and Skylark, whilst there were also at least five Reed Warblers singing in the ditches and each body of water (be it ditch or pond) held a Little Egret, though only a lone Swallow was seen. (IP)
Long Pool: A pair of Cuckoos were very active around the area early this morning, and a Hobby went over, heading east, but small birds were keeping low in the wind, though a couple of Lesser Whitethroats and several Reed and Sedge Warblers were heard and a few Linnets were in the gorse.
Two pairs of Little Grebes were on the pool and a pair of Avocets were at the end of Ferry channel, but otherwise there were just a handful of Redshanks and Shelduck present. (AH)
Otherwise there were three Dunlin, half a dozen Lapwings and 16 Gadwall on the pool, along with two families of Canada Geese.
Two Cuckoos were calling against each other around the Poplars, but the banks and ditches just held the usual mix of Whitethroats, Reed Warblers, Linnets and Skylarks, plus the odd Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting, all keeping low in the windy conditions. (AH)