(0800-0900hrs) (N, F1)
Great Northern Diver - 1E, 3os
Red-throated Diver - 4E
Slavonian Grebe - 1os
Great Crested Grebe - 5os
Gannet - 3W
Shag - 4E
Brent Goose - 1W
Common scoter - 4E
Red-breasted Merganser - 6E, 2W, 10os
Mediterranean Gull - 2os
Pied Wagtail - 1
Chiffchaff - 1
Ferry Pool: There were just 30 Teal, 20 Shoveler and four Shelducks on the pool, along with a Redshank and c150 Lapwings. (AH)
Later, a Bullfinch was calling outside the Visitor Centre. (AT)
Chichester Marina: The two Bearded Tits were showing well again this morning in the reed-beds. (GT)
They were still present later on, when the Bittern showed at the back of the reed-beds and there was also two Water Rail and a Water Vole present.
In the channel from the Marina there were six Goldeneyes, 17 Little Grebes and a handful of Red-breasted Mergansers, along with three Sanderling among the commoner waders.
Fishbourne Creek: The Long-tailed Duck was just south of Dell Quay again this morning, whilst the Black-necked Grebe was towards the Marina. Also, the Water Pipit was by the Lavant outfall and a Kingfisher was nearby.
Also seen, at Apuldram were a Firecrest, a Coal Tit and six Yellowhammers, along with Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, whilst along the Creek there were five Rock Pipits, a Cetti's Warbler, a Stonechat, five Greenshank, six Gadwall, 200 Black-tailed Godwits, c1500 Brent Geese and masses of Wigeon and Teal. (KJ/SR/TB/NR/BFF/DM et al)
North Wall: Highlight this morning was two Peregrines chasing for well over a minute - and apparently working as a team - a prey item which was probably a Redshank. The hunt failed and, as they rested way out on the mud, a Marsh Harrier was hunting over the reed beds.
From the sluice gates, two Grey Wagtails, a Rock Pipit, a Stonechat and the Kingfisher could be seen, and further along the wall there was a Yellowhammer, a Song Thrush and a calling Water Rail. In the field at the end of the wall 250 Wigeon were feeding together with a few Curlew, and approaching 1,000 Brent Geese occupied a field between Marsh and Honer Farms. (IH)
Church Norton: A Firecrest was by the church gate this morning, whilst offshore there were two Slavonian Grebes, with possibly another three very distant ones further out. (KJ)
Sidlesham: Two Ravens flew east over our house to the west of the village this morning. (AH)
Marsh Farm, Sidlesham: It was very quiet here, with just two Redwings of note among half a dozen Song Thrushes and numerous Blackbirds, though there were a few commoner species, including several Pied Wagtails, a few Chaffinches and lots of Starlings and House Sparrows.
There were also up to 50 Common Gulls among c300 Black-headed Gulls on the fields, and a Brown Hare was also about. (AH)
Medmerry: Ham Farm area - There were plenty of birds on the fields to the seaward side of the banks this morning, including a couple of Corn Buntings, a Stonechat, c40 Reed Buntings and similar of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks.
A Greenshank was heard, but not seen, out on the reserve, whilst the tidal areas held c20 Grey Plovers and Redshanks and c80 Dunlin. (AH)
Fishbourne Creek: A mid-morning visit produced 5 Red-breasted Mergansers (all redheads), the Long-tailed Duck showing close to Dell Quay, a Great Northern Diver and four Goldeneye (all distant), two Spotted Redshanks, up to five Greenshanks and a Kingfisher. (EC)
North Wall: This morning around 800 Brent Geese (with probable later additions from the harbour) and 80 Curlew occupied the same field east of Marsh farm as yesterday.
There were perhaps 100 Fieldfare and also two Redwings in Honer Lane together with a Jay, a Kestrel and a troop of Long-tailed Tits. Along the Wall there were at least two Song Thrushes and at least a single Fieldfare. (IH)
0730-0945hrs: (wind NE4) (SH/BI/IP/SR/AH)
Red-throated Diver - 12E, 13W, 5os
Great Northern Diver - 3 os
Diver sp - 4W
Great Crested Grebe - 1W, 1os
Gannet - 9E, 5W, 40 os
Shag - 7E
Brent Goose - 14E, 2W
Eider - 1E, 4W
Common Scoter - 8E, 1W
Red-breasted Merganser - 7E, 1W, 8os
Goosander - 1E
Wigeon - 16E, 9W, 1os
auk sp - 5E
Sandwich Tern - 1W
Mediterranean Gull - 3E
Kittiwake - 5E
Common Gull - 2E
Meadow Pipit - 1N
Pied Wagtail - 1
Common Seal - 1os
Later, two Bearded Tits were present in the reeds early afternoon. (J.Winder)
A quick look on the high tide at lunchtime produced the Long-tailed Duck off the jetty and six Goldeneyes (three drakes, a first-year drake and two females) a bit further up the hannel. (AH)
Runcton: A male Reed Bunting was on the feeder at home today, also a pair of Stonechats off Saltham Lane. (CRJ)