(0615-0745hrs) (W, F4)
Gannet - 18E, 5W
Common Scoter - 14E
Oystercatcher - 3W
Kittiwake - 1W
Sandwich Tern - c40os
Common Tern - 1os
Little Tern - 9W
Wheatear - 2
Ferry Pool: A Nightjar was flushed from the Medmerry Trail path this morning and flew into Ferry Field. (IL)
There were also 19 Avocets around the pool this morning, along with a Little Ringed Plover, three Redshank, 45 Black-tailed Godwits, six Gadwall and c30 Shelducks, plus two Swifts over. (AH/AM/BFF/DM)
North Wall: A few Swallows circled the stables this morning, two Swifts flew above the harbour, two Skylarks soared and sung and at least two Cuckoos called. A Common Tern was again fishing but little else was noted other than Sedge, Reed and Cetti's Warblers and Common Whitethroats. Also a Whimbrel flew north out of the harbour. (IH/BFF/DM)
Church Norton: There were half a dozen Sanderling among c30 each of Dunlin and Ringed Plovers out in the middle of the harbour, along with four Gadwall, whilst up to 28 Little Terns, half a dozen Common Terns and a few Mediterranean Gulls were among the many Sandwich Terns present.
Passerines were few beyond the now settled Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, whilst there was also an Adder along the front of the Severals.. (AH/AM/BFF/DM)
House Martin - 4
Park Farm, Selsey: A Grey Wagtail, a Red-legged Partridge and a couple of Lapwings were in the fields, with a few Swallows and House Martins over. (IP)
North Wall: A Goldcrest and Whitethroat were along Church Lane and there ewre signs of Swallow activity around the Welbourne Stables, whilst two Cattle Egrets were foraging in the Honer fields.
A few muddy margins are now appearing around the Breech Pool but probably too late for the wader migration. There were just a few Tufted Ducks and Mallard were on the pool, but two Common Terns were fishing - a regular occurrence this last week.
Reed, Sedge and Cetti's Warblers were along the Wall, plus three Reed Buntings and a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and sevreal Greenfinches were in Owl Copse. Several Yellowhammers, Goldfinches and Whitethroats along Honer Lane, whilst on Honer reservoir were three pairs of Tufted Ducks and a few Coots.
A Cuckoo was calling along Pagham Rife, but as I approached three more Cuckoos came into the same area, they came out of the sun and I could not determine whether they were males or females. All four flew off together towards and Honer and Owl Copse. (JDW)
1500-1700hrs: (wind SSW5) (SH/JA)
Also pod of c.10 Bottle-nosed Dolphins W
Ferry Pool: There were two Little Ringed Plovers, ten fairly excitable Avocets, c25 Black-tailed Godwits, four Redshank, eight Gadwall and c30 Shelducks on the pool, with two pairs of Lapwings over the adjacent arable fields. (AH/PB/AB)
Long Pool: The Short-eared Owl was out again this evening along the west side. (AB/PB)
This afternoon, there were a Whimbrel, two Sanderlings, c30 Ringed Plovers and c40 Dunlin in the harbour. (SR/AH)