Selsey Bill: Four Slavonian Grebes and several Red-throated and Great Northern Divers were logged this morning, but otherwise it was routine fare. Full log below....
About 500 Brent Geese were feeding In Honer 3 field and in excess of a further 1,500 were swirling in the Marsh/Honer Farms area. Near Halsey's Farm a few Redwing and Fieldfare were present and a Raven chased a Sparrowhawk, the difference in size being marked. A little later there was a Barn Owl hunting over the reed beds. (IH/DH)
Saturday, 21st December: A very mixed morning, with a blustery south-westerly driving through few heavy showers interspersed with spells of warm sunshine....
(0740-1000hrs) (SSW, F5-6)
Red-throated Diver - 5E, 3W, 1os
Great Crested Grebe - 2W, 1os
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 1E
Brent Goose - 1E
Red-breasted Merganser - 16E, 2W, 3os
Common Gull - 7E
Mediterranean Gull - 1W
Kittiwake - 2E
Sandwich Tern - 2E
auk sp - 3E
Church Norton: The female Goldeneye was in the harbour again, along with a Little Grebe, a Peregrine and plenty of Knot, Dunlin and Grey Plover, whilst two Sandwich Terns and half a dozen Mediterranean Gulls were offshore.
Also, up to six Snipe and similar of Meadow Pipits were in the flooded area by the horse field, along a Little Grebe, 20 or so Wigeon and 30 or so Teal. (AH/IP)
Friday, 20th December: A morning that started grey and drizzly, but after a few heavy showers it brightened up as the wind freshened from the west....followed by heavy showers yet again!
Selsey Bill: It was very quiet this morning. (AH)
(0815-0915hrs) (W, F4)
Red-throated Diver - 1E, 2W
Great Crested Grebe - 2os
Brent Goose - 2E, 14W
Common Scoter - 1W
Red-breasted Merganser - 8E, 6os
Turnstone - 3E
Common Gull - 6os
Mediterranean Gull - 2os
A Kingfisher was in the channel opposite, whilst from the Tramway up to eight Avocet and 20 Shelduck could be seen out in the harbour. (AH)
Church Norton: A female Goldeneye and a female Red-breasted Merganser were in the harbour, with a couple more of the latter offshore, and there were also c40 Brent Geese and a few Little and Great Crested Grebes present.
The two Peregrines were active, chasing each other about and calling, upsetting the waders - mostly Knot, Grey Plovers and Dunlin - as they did so. Also, about 20 Greenfinches were along the spit, but otherwise it was quiet. (AH)