Tuesday, 14 January 2020

14th - 16th January 2020

Thursday, 16th January: A better start to the morning, with a fresh south-easterly blowing, but with some sunshine earlier on before heavy cloud and impending rain moved in..........

An interesting sighting occurred recently of a Mediterranean Gull, ringed as a pullus on Tern island at Church Norton on 19th June 2019 and seen at San Lorenzo beach, Gijón, Asturias, Spain, (43°32'29.89" N / 5°38'42.81" W) on 7th December 2019. It was bearing a yellow colour ring with black code 2N46 (with thanks to IL, RSPB Warden)  (Eds)

Selsey Bill: It was still quiet, though up to five Great Northern Divers were present and six Red-throated Divers, including five together, went west. Full log below.
(0800-0930hrs) (SSE, F6)
Great Northern Diver - 2E, 3os
Red-throated Diver - 6W
diver sp - 1E
Great Crested Grebe - 2os
Gannet - 1E, 1W
Red-breasted Merganser - 9E, 2W, 4os
Oystercatcher - 4
Turnstone - 2E
Mediterranean Gull - 2E
Common Gull - 4E
Kittiwake - 2E, 1W
Sandwich Tern - 1E, 1os
auk sp - 1os

Great Northern Diver (above), Sandwich Tern & Red-breasted Mergansers at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: The pool was empty, save two Shelducks, whilst the flooded parts of the field produced c40 Shoveler, c100 Teal and Wigeon and at least 200 Lapwing. (AH)

Shovelers and Wigeon at the Ferry (AH)

East side/Pagham Spit: A look along the side of the harbour produced c400 Black-tailed Godwits, c200 Golden Plover, c300 Lapwing, c100 Knot and two Bar-tailed Godwits, whilst towards the spit there were two female Goldeneyes, two female Red-breasted Mergansers and two Great Crested Grebes and the Peregrine on its island.
There were also a Shoveler and a few Pintail among the Wigeon and Teal and four Greenfinches and a  few Linnets and Skylarks were on the spit, but the Lagoon remains devoid of birds, with just two Little Grebes and a single Great Crested Grebe present. (PB)

North Wall: A brief visit this morning showed that the fields were much more flooded and contained numerous Wigeon together with Shelduck, Shoveler, and modest numbers of Curlew and Brent Geese. (IH)

Drayton Pits: A Coal Tit was along the hedges again this afternoon, and there were also two Bullfinches nearby. (IP)

Fishbourne Creek: The tide was quite low this morning, but there were still five Goldeneyes and a couple of Red-breasted Merganser off Dell Quay, along with a Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank.
Another Greenshank was near the Lavant outflow, along with large numbers of Wigeon and Teal, plus at least 300 Common Gulls. Also in the area were two Grey Wagtails, at least half a dozen Rock Pipits and a Stonechat, whilst a Chiffchaff and a few Long-tailed Tits were by the reeds. (AH/IP)

Spotted Redshank (above), Greenshank & Grey Wagtail at Fishbourne Creek (AH)

Wednesday, 15th January: A morning that started with a moderate westerly and heavy rain, easing to drizzle as the wind dropped temporarily and finally a bit of sun as the breeze freshened once more.....

Selsey Bill: It was very quiet in the poor conditions. Full log below. (AH/IP)
(0810-0855hrs) (W, F4)
Brent Goose - 7E
Red-breasted Merganser - 7W, 2os
Common Gull - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 1W

Ferry Pool: Four Tufted Ducks - the only birds present at midday - were a reflection on the very high water level on the pool, whilst the floods in the field held c40 Shoveler, c100 Wigeon and c200 Lapwing. (AH)

Tufted Ducks on the Ferry (AH)

North Wall: A Barn Owl and a Marsh Harrier both came out to hunt over the reeds as the rain eased this morning, as did the Kestrel around the paddocks, where there were also a Grey and two Pied Wagtails, and a Raven flew in from the north and settled on the trees at the back.
The fields north of the wall were thick with birds, including at least 400 Wigeon, with 50+ Teal , 20 Shoveler and a handful of Pintail among them, at least 100 Black-tailed Godwits, at least 200 Lapwing and c50 Curlews.
There were at least another 500 Lapwing, 200 Golden Plover and 200 Black-tailed Godwits out in the harbour and c1500 Brent Geese flew out to fields towards Marsh Farm. (AH/IH)

Barn Owl at the North Wall late afternoon (CB)

Marsh Harrier (above), Barn Owl, Pintail, Teal, Shoveler, Wigeon, Brent Geese, Grey Wagtail & Pied Wagtail at the North Wall (AH)

Tuesday, 14th January: A pretty dismal morning, with a brisk south-westerly breeze pushing through spells of heavy rain and persistent drizzle....building to gales and heavier rain later!

Selsey Bill: It remains very quiet, with seven Sandwich Terns offshore the only birds of note. Full log below. (AH/IP)
(0800-0900hrs) (SSW, F6)
Red-throated Diver - 1E, 1os
Brent Goose - 6E
Red-breasted Merganser - 4E, 2W
Common Gull - 1W
Mediterranean Gull - 3W
Sandwich Tern - 7os
auk sp - 1W

Ferry Pool: There were eight Shelducks, c40 Shoveler, c100 Teal and c150 Wigeon spread around the pool and field, along with a soggy looking Buzzard, whilst two Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest were in the adjacent hedges. (AH)

Wigeon (above), Teal, Buzzard & Chiffchaff around the Ferry (AH)

North Wall: Apart from horizontal rain, the only points of note this morning were a Raven perched in a tree, a Jay, 70 Curlew in Honer field 3 and a steady progression of Brent Geese from the harbour to the Marsh/Honer Farms area. (IH)

Selsey, Park FarmA late afternoon visit produced 4 Tufted Ducks and a Grey Wagtail on the small reservoir. (SH)

Highleigh: This morning, a flock of c80 Fielfdfares flew over the road in Highleih, heading towards Medmerry. (AH)

Church Norton: The regular Whimbrel was out on the mud, along with 100+ Knot and lots of Dunlin and Grey Plovers, plus a few Wigeon and Teal, whilst at least 300 Golden Plovers and Lapwings came up from further down the harbour.
Also, a Green Woodpecker was in the churchyard and a Mistle Thrush was in the the car-park. (AH)

Whimbrel (above), Knot and Grey Plovers & Mistle Thrush at Church Norton (AH)

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