Selsey Peninsula data: There is a wealth of data on the Peninsula's birds now available to all, from the casual visitor to the formal researcher alike. This has all been researched and collated by our very own 'statto' Ian Pitts, to whom we owe our gratitude. Ian has researched a number of topics, such as, for example, spring migrant arrivals (back to year 2000), autumn migrant arrival and departure dates, monthly records, and a whole, whole lot more. To quote his comments to us " Hope everyone enjoys it, there is an awful lot of detail there, including average dates for both Spring and Autumn migrants, so now we know when something is late !!!"
Selsey Bill: Although still generally quiet there was a bit more activity today, with an Arctic Skua and three Fulmars passing through and over 50 Sandwich Terns logged. Full log below....
Fulmar - 3W
Gannet - 3E, 70W
Common Scoter - 1W
Sanderling - 4E
Turnstone - 16E
Arctic Skua - 1W (l/p)
Mediterranean Gull - 1E, 3W
Common Tern - 2W
Sandwich Tern - 22E, 19W, 30os
Gannet - 2W
Common Scoter - 2W
Turnstone - 6p
Kittiwake - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 15E, 53W
Common Tern - 16W
Later on, four winter-plumaged Spotted Redshank were on the pool, along with a Little Ringed Plover, a Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper. (DB et al)
A small mixed flock of Swallows, Sand and House Martins - maybe a dozen of each - were feeding low over the hedges and three Swifts went over, but no other passerines were about. (AH)
Late this afternoon there were three Little Terns, at least eight Common Terns and 100+ Sandwich Terns in the harbour, along with a Greenshank and two or three Whimbrel and black-tailed Godwits. (AH/DB et al)
East side: A brief visit this morning met with little reward in the brisk wind. There were relatively few waders visible at low tide and virtually no passerines; c.50 Dunlin, 30 Ringed Plovers, four Knot, a Whimbrel and a Greenshank were the best I could do, whilst a single Willow Warbler was sheltering in a hedgerow - from the wind and a passing Sparrowhawk. (OM)
North Wall area: There was Whinchat near Sidlesham Quay, but I failed to find the Squacco Heron at Halsey’s Farm, though there were two Cattle Egrets and a dozen Little Egrets present. alon with another Whinchat and a Redstart.
In the White’s Creek area there were two Spotted Redshanks (making potentially nine different birds on the Peninsula today (Eds)), a Greenshank, two Common Sandpipers, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, two Grey Plover, 140+ Dunlin, 12 Redshank, three Ringed Plover, seven Lapwing and a Kingfisher, whilst further up the harbour there were six Whimbrel and a Greenshank
Also, a single Shoveler was on the Breech Pool, a single Swift went over and a Garden Warbler was amongst a few Whitethroats, Blackcaps, and Chiffchaffs. (SC)
Medmerry: Chainbridge to Ham - This morning the two Spoonbills were actively feeding near to the breach and a Woodcock flushed from the edge of a ditch, whilst out on the tidal mud were five Knot, 26 Ringed Plovers, 24 Dunlin and several Curlews.
Also, a count of c275 Canada Geese was made, along with what are presumably our annual August-visiting pair of Bar-headed Geese, on harvested fields. There was a scattering of migrant passerines including a Whinchat, at least two Willow Warblers, eight Whitethroats, two Sedge Warblers and four Reed Warblers. (JP)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - There were a few bits about this morning, including a Hobby over the Poplars, with two Greenshank on the adjacent mud, and a Whinchat, one or two Whitethroats and Linnets and 100+ Goldfinches were along the otherwise quiet banks, with c50 Swallows feeding low over the cattle fields.
Three juvenile Spotted Redshanks were together on the Stilt Pool, along with another Greenshank, three Common Sandpipers and a handful of Lapwing, whilst wildfowl included the female Pintail and c40 Gadwall. (AH)
Thursday, 15th August: A bright, but very blustery morning, with a freshening north-westerly, though quite mild......
Gannet - 14E, 131W, 50os
Common Scoter - 1W
Sanderling - 1W
Kittiwake - 3W
Sandwich Tern - 14E, 24W, 27os
Common Tern - 6W
Swift - 1p
Swallow - 1W
Ferry Pool: There were a Green Sandpiper, four Common Sandpipers, a Little Ringed Plover and four Avocets on the pool this morning, along with c120 Black-tailed Godwits, c40 Lapwing and c40 Teal. (AH/IP)
North Wall: The Squacco Heron was still in its usual field at Halsey's Farm this morning. (C&JM)
Church Norton: At about 10.30am the Osprey was seen flying over near the North Wall with a fish in its talons, before it then went down on the saltmarsh to eat it. Anyone over there would have had wonderful views! (H & R Lumley)
Earlier on, there were a few warblers around the sheltered hedges, including a Garden Warbler and several Lesser Whitethroats, Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers, plus a handful of Swallows.
There were c80 Sandwich Terns and one or two Common Terns in the harbour, before they flew out over the beach, whilst out on the mud there were at least three Whimbrels, a dozen Knot, c30 Ringed Plovers and c200 Dunlin.
Also, it was very pleasing to see Yvette and Alan Ford back on their feet after the nasty accident back in April - there are a lot of year-ticks to be caught up with! (AH/IP/A&YF)
The Osprey was seen again over the harbour at 2.50pm from the Ferry. (AB)
Selsey Bill: (0800-0830hrs) (SH/IP)
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 2E, 2W
Common Tern - 7W
Sandwich Tern - 8E
Arctic Skua - 1W (l/p)
Ferry Pool: Four Spotted Redshanks were on the pool this morning, along with a Common Sandpiper, four Avocets, four Dunlin, c40 Black-tailed Godwits and c30 Teal, whilst there were two more Common Sandpipers and two Whimbrel in the channel opposite and a Grey Wagtail flew over.. (AH/IP)
This afternoon, the Osprey was again reported around the harbour mouth. (per Birdguides)
North Wall: The Squacco Heron remains at Halsey’s Farm, with four or five Little Egrets in the normal field, but then it later disappeared over in to Bremere Rife. A single Cattle Egret also flew over towards the little private pond. (IL)