(0615-0715hrs) (NE, F2)
Common Scoter - 2E
Mediterranean Gull - 2W
Sandwich Tern - 30E, 30os
auk sp - 1W
Swift - 1
House Martin - 8
Gannet - 2E
Arctic Skua - 1os
Sandwich Tern - 14os
Ferry Pool:Two Little Ringed Plovers were on the pool this morning, along with four Redshank, 12 Avocets, c40 Black-tailed Godwits and c20 Shelducks and a flock of 16 Mediterranean Gulls went over west..
A Cuckoo flew over the back of the pool, with another along the Tramway circuit, which also yielded a couple of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps and half a dozen Whitethroats, with a Sedge Warbler and a couple of Reed Warblers in Red Barn Ditch.
Also, a Cattle Egret flew over, heading east. (AH/IL/A&YF)
Long Pool: A Cuckoo was calling along the west side, before dropping in briefly, whilst there were up to five Sedge Warblers and ten Reed Warblers singing along the pool this morning, along with a couple of Cetti's Warblers and Reed Buntings and at least half a dozen Linnets and Whitethroats. (AH)
North Wall: A Blackcap was singing at the stables this morning and there was Swallow activity too, whilst Cetti's, Reed and Sedge Warblers as well as Reed Buntings and Common Whitethroats were all present along the Wall and a Lesser Whitethroat rattled near Halsey's Farm. Also, Cuckoo was active north of the Wall while a Kestrel hovered above. (IH)
Chichester Marina Reed-bed: There was plenty of Reed Warbler activity, both heard and seen, with Reed Buntings about, and a small number of House Sparrows repeatedly flying into the reeds to feed on insects.
A Cetti’s Warbler heard but not seen, close to the hide, and also a distant Cuckoo was calling. There were also three or four Swallows about, a Moorhen with young, and the usual Tufted Ducks and Mallards on the water. (GT)
South Mundham: A brief but peaceful walk this morning produced a Red Kite, two Buzzards and a Kestrel overhead, a Jay, the usual pair of Mistle Thrushes, c10 Skylarks, three Whitethroats, a family of Long-tailed Tits and, around the barn, a pair of Stock Doves and six Swallows. (SR)
Medmerry: Ham Farm - The regular Corn Bunting was along the bank again this evening, with another singing from the adjacent barley crop, and a couple of Reed Buntings, Stonechats and Reed Warblers were around the ponds, with a Cuckoo and a couple of Whitethroats nearby.
House Martin - 8
This evening there were three Sanderling, c20 Dunlin and c30 Ringed Plovers on the mud on the dropping tide, with up to ten Little Terns, half a dozen common Terns and c80 Sandwich Terns, plus a couple of Mediterranean Gulls, spread about the vicinity of Tern Island. (AH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - There was a lot of defensive action going on at the pools this morning with the cob Mute Swan chasing away a pair of Canada Geese parents that were in the way of his partner and four cygnets, the Geese themselves having five goslings, and on their small island the Oystercatchers were also successfully seeing off Canada Geese. (When they changed sittings I noticed at least two eggs).