(0730-0930hrs) (wind ESE F2-3) (SH/PB/PM/BI/AH/IP)
Red-throated Diver - 3E
Great Northern Diver - 1E, 4os
Slavonian Grebe - 1W, 1os
Great Crested Grebe 1os
Gannet - 5W
Brent Goose - 2E, 6W
Shelduck - 2W
Pintail - 4E
Wigeon - 3E, 11W
Teal - 4E, 1W
Common Scoter - 4W
Red-breasted Merganser - 9E, 2W, 1os
Common Gull - 2E, 2W
Mediterranean Gull - 6E
Kittiwake - 1E
auk sp.- 1E
Ferry Pool: Early on ten Gadwall were among a scattering of Shovelers and Teal, but late morning there was nothing but a Shelduck and a few gulls. (AH)
North Wall: There were at least 70 Golden Plover amongst the Lapwing along White's Creek this morning but were soon disturbed by a passing Peregrine. In Honer 3 field there were 86 Curlew. The Brent Geese - 2700 of them - were in the field immediately west of Owl Copse and very close to the footpath. Predictably they were disturbed by the first dog walkers but soon returned to the same field but by 10.45am they were back in the Harbour.
A large mixed passerine flock just south of Honer reservoir contained Goldfinches and Greenfinches, Linnets, Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings and Pied Wagtails. Honer Reservoir is now full but contained no birds, though a pair of Stonechats were along Pagham Rife and a Marsh Harrier was just north of Honer Cottages. Happy New Year. (JDW)
Park Farm, Selsey: A Stonechat, a Pied Wagtail, two Sparrowhawks and 20+ Meadow Pipits were around the farm and two Shovelers and nine Tufted Ducks were on the reservoir. (S&SaH)
Church Norton: A Marsh Harrier was hunting over the harbour, upsetting several hundred Lapwing and Golden Plovers, whilst the Peregrines were on their island and two Ravens flew over the Mound area before retreating west over the Priory.
An Avocet was in the harbour, along with lots of Dunlin and Grey Plovers, and a few Pintails were among the Wigeon and Teal on the main channel, whilst offshore a Red-throated Diver and 30 Teal flew west and five Gadwall flew into the harbour.
A Chiffchaff was at the Severals, but a look round Greenlease Farm was quiet, save a Jay and a couple of Goldcrests along Rectory Lane. (AH/IP/S&SaH)
Dell Quay: Highlights from around this area were 3 Goldeneye, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, c.800 Common Gulls, c.60 Lapwing, c.60 Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Snipe, 30 Ringed Plovers and 60 Dunlin. Amongst passerines seen were a female Bullfinch, 10 Long-tailed Tits and 2 Rock Pipits, whilst a Cetti's Warbler and a Chiffchaff were heard but not seen. (PB/PM)
Runcton: A flock of at least 62 Fieldfares was in a field at Fisher Common Nursery late morning, though I only counted one Redwing; also good numbers of Chaffinch and Starling were present. (MJ)
West Itchenor to Selsey Bill by boat: The highlight of a boat trip (with many thanks to Chris Wilson) this morning was the flock of 44 Eider off East Head, most of which were adult drakes, keeping very close together in the same area as they have been seen recently.
Among the other birds seen in Chichester Harbour were a Great Northern Diver, a dozen Red-breasted Mergansers, about five Great Crested Grebes, a Peregrine and lots of Brent Geese and commoner waders, whilst there were four or five Red-throated Divers around the harbour mouth.
Around 1000 the Brent Geese began leaving the Harbour and congregated on Honer 3 field. The mist was rapidly dispersing and I was able to count 1600. (JDW)
Sunday, 29th December: A slightly brighter, milder morning, with the breeze remaining light and from the south-east.....
Also present in the area were two Kingfishers, a Grey Wagtail, a Green Woodpecker, three Chiffchaffs and three Cetti's Warblers whilst the gull roost held c.750 Common Gulls & a 1W Yellow-legged Gull. A Jack Snipe flew from the saltmarsh as the tide approached and on the water were four Goldeneye & four Red-breasted Mergansers among the commoner wildfowl. (Est)
Earlier towards Dell Quay there were six Goldeneye, but no sign of the Long-tailed Duck, and two possible, but unfortunately distant, Black-necked Grebes. (BI)
Church Norton: The two Peregrines were on there island and there were lots of the commoner waders and wildfowl, plus lots of Brent Geese in the harbour. (S&SaH)
Medmerry: Breach Viewpoint - Not much on the high tide but a Peregrine was on a fence post, a Kestrel was hunting, and a Kingfisher was at the sluice.