Also, there were ten Teal and c30 Black-tailed Godwits present, with another dozen of the latter, plus a Whimbrel, in the channel opposite. (P&LH/AH/IP/BI)
The Wood Sandpiper remained around the concealed pool all day, before flying off into the harbour at 7.15pm. (CRJ/SR/AB/MB/DB et al)
Later on, on the high tide, a Common Scoter was well inside the harbour. (P&LH)
This afternoon a single juvenile Little Tern was among the gathered terns and gulls. (AB)
Tuesday, 30th July: A morning of gale force winds - starting in the south-east and slowly working south-west - with a bit of drizzly rain and the odd glimpse of sun......
Selsey Bill: Despite the favourable winds and hopes to the contrary, it was a bit of a let-down this morning and there was nothing too exciting. A gentle stream of Gannets went both east and west, as did a few Fulmars, whilst just a couple of Kittiwakes, nine Common Scoter and three Whimbrel went east and plenty of feeding Common and Sandwich Terns came and went. Five hours proved to be more than enough.....! Full log below.....
Fulmar - 4E, 2W
Gannet - 88E, 36W
Common Scoter - 9E
Dunlin - 3E
Turnstone - 10 ob
Whimbrel - 3E
Common Tern - c.25 os feeding/drifting mainly E
Sandwich Tern - c.60 os - many still carrying fish to and fro
Kittiwake - 2E
Mediterranean Gull - 2 ob
Common Gull - 1E
Sand Martin - 1 S (out to sea)
Swift - 2 p
Church Norton: A fairly brief look at high tide produced a couple of Little Terns, c50 Common Terns and c150 Sandwich Terns roosting in the harbour, along with c50 Mediterranean Gulls, but waders were few - just a couple of Whimbrel and Curlew, plus 50 or so roosting Redshanks.
Passerines were more or less absent, though a handful of Sand Martins and a dozen Swallows were feeding low over a sheltered bit of the harbour. (AH)
East side: Rather quiet during a brief late-morning visit, soon after the tide had begun dropping. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the mudflats amongst other gulls, with a second near-adult bird mainly recumbent nearby. Waders were few, but included a Common Sandpiper and 4 Whimbrels, whilst a Willow Warbler was in the tamarisk hedge and a frantically calling young Green Woodpecker just managed to escape a pursuing Sparrowhawk! (OM)
North Wall: The two Cattle Egrets were amongst ten Little Egrets and a couple of Grey Herons at the usual roost opposite Owl copse. (OM)