Selsey Bill: A quiet morning but with 50+ Sandwich Terns and 30+ Mediterranean Gulls passing through, plus a couple of Whimbrel. Full log below......
Gannet - 1W
Whimbrel - 2E
Mediterranean Gull - 34E
Common Tern - 1E
Sandwich Tern - 52E
Swallow - 3W
Whitethroat - 1 gardens
Gannet - 8E, 5W, 3os
Mediterranean Gull - 2W
Common Tern - 1E
Sandwich Tern - 5E, 10W
Ferry Pool: It was very quiet this morning, with just three Little Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin, along with c50 Black-tailed Godwits, c30 Lapwing and c25 Teal on the pool and a Whimbrel in the channel opposite, whilst a handful of Swallows and Sand Martins went over. (IP)
Church Norton: It was fairly quiet this morning, though a few birds were around the hide area, including a Garden Warbler, a couple of Lesser Whitethroats and Blackcaps and half a dozen Whitethroats, with more of the latter along the front, but not too much else.
Half a dozen Knot were on the mud, along with 50 Redshank, but that was about it. (AH/IP)
North Wall: Highlight was a Grasshopper Warbler flushed from the edge of the lower path early this morning, where there was also a bit of warbler activity, with five Sedge Warblers, four Reed Warblers, four Lesser Whitethroats, six Whitethroats and two Cetti's Warblers logged in the general area.
A single Yellow Wagtail flew over and two Grey Wagtails were nearer the sluice, whilst six Reed Buntings and 10 Linnets were along the hedgerow. (OM)
There was also a Spotted Redshank among 20 or so Black-tailed Godwits on the Breech Pool, a Wheatear along the wall and two Knot and half a dozen Grey Plovers in the harbour.
Also, later on, the two Cattle Egrets were among a dozen Little Egrets and a Grey Heron on the small island in the harbour. (AH)
Halsey's Farm: The two Cattle Egrets were again present, as were four or five Whimbrel in the fields and a calling Greenshank flew over.
At least six Yellow Wagtails were in the cattle field, whilst along the fences and hedgerows there were pockets of activity, with at least 10 Whitethroats, four Lesser Whitethroats, a couple of Redstarts, a couple of Willow Warblers, three Whinchats, at least five Wheatears and several Reed Buntings. (OM/AH)
Medmerry: East side - Three Whinchats and a Wheatear were around the Ham Viewpoint this morning (SR), whilst a further seven Wheatears were at the Breach Viewpoint (A&YF)
Around the Stilt Pool were a Green Sandpiper, five Greenshank, three Common Sandpipers, the female Pintail, 16 Gadwall, 12 Wigeon, two Sparrowhawks, two Buzzards and at least 300 Canada Geese. (S&SaH/IP)
Friday, 30th August: A much cooler, blustery morning, with a freshening westerly breeze ....but still with plenty of sunshine and some heavy cloud.
Fulmar - 3W
Gannet - 2E, 42W
Shag - 2E
Common Scoter - 9W
Turnstone - 12p
Mediterranean Gull - 4W
Sandwich Tern - 19W, 20os
Swallow - 5W
House Martin - 1W
Pied Wagtail - 1W
Gannet - 2E, 5W
Mediterranean Gull - 7W
Sandwich Tern - 2E, 14W, 13os
Along the North Wall hedgerows there were 12 Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Reed Warblers, 5 Reed Buntings and a Wheatear, whilst at the Breech Pool a Kingfisher was present for a while and eight Black-tailed Godwits were just about able to feed in the present water level, amongst Mallards and a few Teal. It felt like there should now surely be a Wryneck lurking somewhere, but a good deal of effort searching for one here (and the East side) was in vain! (OM)
This evening there were still two Whinchats and a Redstart at Halsey's Farm, along with at least a dozen Wheatears and half a dozen Whitethroats, whilst the two Cattle Egrets were in the egret roost and a Kingfisher flew through.
There was again a huge gathering of Yellow Wagtails over the wall shortly before dusk, numbering at least 300 birds, though there may well have been more. (AH/IH)
Birdham: There were definitely two - and quite possibly three - Pied Flycatchers along the hedges in our garden this morning. (AB)
Church Norton: It was very quiet this morning, with two Wheatears on the beach and a Garden Warbler and one or two Blackcaps, Whitethroats and Willow Warblers in the sheltered hedges and a handful of Swallows and Sand Martins over being about the sum of migrants.
sandwich Tern - 10E, 22W
Northcommon Farm: No flycatchers this morning, but at least 8 Willow Warblers, a Reed Warbler, several Whitethroats, a Whinchat and 3 Wheatears, plus a Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk. (OM)
Later, there was a Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Swift flew over. (SH/PC)
Later still, a Pied Flycatcher was in the middle hedge, with the Spotted Flycatcher nearby. (SR)
There were two more Lesser Whitethroats and a few Whitethroats and Willow Warblers, plus a Garden Warbler, around the hide area, too, along with the family of Swallows, whilst the beach held yet more Whitethroats and Willow Warblers, along with three Wheatears, plus a Sparrowhawk over. (AH/IP/SR/A&YF)
It seems the Swallows nesting in the Hide have now fledged their young....well, bar one reluctant lingerer! (SR)
Also, a dozen Yellow Wagtails flew around the fields but didn't settle, whilst the two Cattle Egrets were around again, along with half a dozen Little Egrets and eight Whimbrel. (AH)
This evening, a spectacular gathering of 500+ Yellow Wagtails was swirling above the reed-beds, looking to settle. (IH)