Tuesday, 10 December 2019

10th - 13th December 2019

Friday, 13th December: A much brighter day, but cold in the very fresh north-westerly....

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)
Red-throated Diver - 1E
Great Crested Grebe - 6W
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 2E, 1W
Brent Goose - 1W
Common Scoter - 1W
Red-breasted Merganser - 13E, 23W
Common Gull - 2W
Mediterranean Gull - 1W
Kittiwake - 2E
Razorbill - 1E
auk sp. - 2W

Common Gull at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were at least four Gadwall present this morning, along with c25 Shovelers and c60 Teal, with at least 400 Lapwing on the fields. (AH/IP)

Gadwall, Shoveler and Teal at the Ferry (AH)

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)

Knot and Grey Plovers (above) & Goldcrest at Church Norton (AH)

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)

 At New Lake this afternoon, an elusive Firecrest (above, centre) and the huddle of Shovelers again. (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)

Lapwings (above), Gadwall, Long-tailed Tit & Goldfinch around the Ferry (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)

Bar-tailed Godwits (above), Knot & Dunlin & Knot and Grey Plovers at Church Norton (AH)

Wednesday, 11th December: A very mixed morning, with some heavy, squally showers and spells of pleasant sunshine in a moderate south-westerly breeze.... 

Just a short editorial on the subject of photo's........whilst we are pleased to receive pic's of local birds seen, in order to enliven the text, we are always especially happy when good-quality shots are forwarded that fit the bill for a potential header page. The requirements are simple, in that it must be a shot of a bird actually on the Peninsula and ideally it needs to have about one-third blank header space above (i.e. for the titles text) and two-thirds below (i.e. the bird!)...if in doubt look at the latest Bittern shot above. We do crop where possible or you can do it yourself if preferred. Oh...and we should mention it's all for free - just for the love of the blog and the kudos of your photo getting 500 or more views daily!
We always like to have a few potential header photos in hand - so if you feel you have one that is worthy, please don't be shy; even if not used we're always grateful and it could perhaps appear elsewhere (e.g. yearly summary).  Many thanks. (Eds)

Selsey Bill: Four Slavonian Grebes went west and three Sandwich Terns were offshore for a while this morning before they, too, headed off west. Full log below. (AH/SR)
(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

Great Northern Diver (above), Red-throated Diver, Sandwich Terns & Great Crested Grebe at the Bill (AH)

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)

Cattle Egrets at Marsh Farm, Sidlesham (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)

Yellowhammer at Medmerry (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)

Peregrine (above), Stonechat, Stock Dove, Meadow Pipit, Greenshank, Shovelers and Teal, Bar-headed Geese & Gadwall at Medmerry (AH)

Tuesday, 10th December: A pretty dire morning, cold, with a southerly near-gale blowing and heavy rain moving in later, too....

Selsey Bill: A few Gannets and Great Crested Grebes were going west and four Slavonian Grebes were on the sea. Full log below.... 
(0800-0930hrs) (SSW, F6) (SR/AH/IP) 
Great Northern Diver - 1W, 1os
Red-throated Diver - 1os
Slavonian Grebe - 2W, 4os
Great Crested Grebe - 8W
Brent Goose - 2E
Common Scoter - 8E, 2W
Red-breasted Merganser - 8E, 1W
Grey Plover - 1W
Curlew - 1W
Turnstone - 8W
Mediterranean Gull - 10os
Common Gull - 2W
Kittiwake - 1E

Great Northern Diver (above), Common Scoters, Great Crested Grebe & Gannet at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were four Avocets on the pool, along with a pair of Gadwall, six Shelducks, c30 Shovelers and c80 Teal, with c400 Lapwing on the field. (AH/IP)

Gadwall (above), Avocets and Shelduck & Lapwing at the Ferry (AH)

Sidlesham: A Raven went south over our garden at lunchtime today. (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. 
Also, about 20 Linnets were along the path to the spit. (AH/BFF/DM)

Linnet (above), Little Grebe, Wigeon & Dunlin and Grey Plovers at Church Norton (AH)

North WallNot much happening along the Wall today! In the fields east of Marsh Farm were 2200 Brent Geese and 70 Curlew, whilst in the recently ploughed field due east of Honer reservoir were at least 60 foraging Fieldfares. Immediately south of the reservoir there is a field with two swathes of unharvested broccoli and today there were at least 120 Pied Wagtails feeding there. (JDW)

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