Selsey Bill: A Fulmar went west again this morning, but it was generally very quiet. Full log below....
(0800-0930hrs) (NW, F5) (BI/SR/AH/IP/IH et al)
Fishbourne Creek: The Long-tailed Duck was present again today off of Dell Quay. (IH)
Church Norton: There were up to 100 Knot again in the harbour, along with plenty of Dunlin and Grey Plovers, plus a few Wigeon and Teal, whilst a few Golden Plovers and c50 Black-tailed Godwits were among large numbers of Lapwing and Brent Geese that went up from the far side.
Also, a confiding Goldcrest and a Reed Bunting were along the west side. (AH/IP)
Chi GPs - Lakeside complex: Most of the interest was at New Lake early this afternoon, where a fairly elusive Firecrest was in the hedgerow with a couple of Goldcrests and a small party of 10 Long-tailed Tits. On the lake there were 90 Shoveler but very little else - and once again they were virtually all compacted into a tight group (presumably their 'feeding huddle') in one area of the water.
Further along at Runcton/Vinnetrow lakes were a Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest and a few more Long-tailed Tits, with just a dozen or so Pochard and 30 Tufted. (OM)
Thursday, 12th December: A dank and miserable day of heavy squally showers and longer periods of rain driven on by a near gale-force southerly....
Selsey Bill: A Fulmar west was the only bird of note this morning. Full log below. (AH)
(0800-0900hrs) (S, F6)
Great Northern Diver - 1os
Red-throated Diver - 1E
Great Crested Grebe - 2W, 1os
Slavonian Grebe - 1W
Fulmar - 1W
Red-breasted Merganser - 3E
Turnstone - 2W
Mediterranean Gull - 5W
Common Gull - 1W
Ferry Pool: The pool held ten Gadwall, c20 Shovelers, c50 Wigeon and c80 Teal this morning, whilst up to 500 Lapwing were on and over the field.
A Water Rail was skulking at the back of the little pond by the hide and there were a few Long-tailed Tits and Goldfinches among the birds on the feeders. (AH)
Church Norton: There were at least 100 Knot among the many Dunlin and Grey Plovers on the mud before the tide rose, and eight Bar-tailed Godwits flew off from Tern Island, whilst a few Pintail were among the Wigeon and Teal present.
The only passerines noted were a Jay near the Mound and half a dozen Skylarks that flew across the harbour. (AH)
Wednesday, 11th December: A very mixed morning, with some heavy, squally showers and spells of pleasant sunshine in a moderate south-westerly breeze....
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(0800-0900hrs) (SW, F3)
Great Northern Diver - 3W
Red-throated Diver - 4E, 1os
Great Crested Grebe - 4W, 1os
Slavonian Grebe - 4W
Gannet - 1E
Shag - 3E
Brent Goose - 1W
Red-breasted Merganser - 13E, 3W, 3os
Mediterranean Gull - 5os
Sandwich Tern - 3os, then W
Chiffchaff - 1
Ferry Pool: The four Avocets were on the pool again, along with four Shelducks, c20 Shovelers and c60 Teal, with c200 Lapwing and c100 Wigeon on the field. (AH/IP)
Marsh Farm, Sidlesham: A quick look late this morning produced up to 20 Cattle Egrets, along with three Little Egrets, tucked into the field margins just south of Chalder Farm. (AH)
North Wall: From the sluice gates at 8am this morning were 300 Black-tailed Godwit and similar numbers of Lapwing and Brent Geese. Another 800 Brent Geese were in the field east of Marsh Farm and this number was further topped up by small groups continually arriving from the harbour.
Also in the field were 160 Curlew and a few Wigeon, though little was to be found along the wall other than a couple of Reed Buntings and a Sparrowhawk attempting a kill in the rocks. (IH)
Later, a very creamy-headed Marsh Harrier was quartering the reed beds behind the Breech Pool, whilst along the Wall were 3 Rock Pipits. Just east of Marsh Farm were 2800 Brent Geese and 212 Curlew. (JDW)
Medmerry: Ham Road - There were at least 50 Yellowhammers, along with 20+ Reed Buntings and Pied Wagtails in the stubble fields along the road this morning. (AH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - There wasn't too much to report this morning, though a dozen Gadwall, c50 Teal and a few Redshank were by the poplars and at least three Kestrels and a Sparrowhawk, along with a few Stock Doves, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits, plus two pairs of Stonechats, were along the banks.
The only other waders seen were a Greenshank and c40 Lapwing on the Stilt Pool and a Curlew out on the reserve opposite, where there was also a Peregrine, whilst among the wildfowl present were a pair of Bar-headed Geese, c40 Brent Geese, similar of Canada Geese and a few Wigeon and Teal. (AH)
Church Norton: The Whimbrel and nine Bar-tailed Godwits were among the roosting commoner waders, a first-year Peregrine was on the island and there were a couple of Little and Great Crested Grebes, plus a few Wigeon, Teal and Brent Geese on the water.