(0645-0800hrs) (W, F5-6)
Fulmar - 1W (twice!)
Gannet - 2E
Sandwich Tern - c30os
Common Tern - 2os
Swift - 2os
House Martin - 2
Ferry Pool: The juvenile Cattle Egret (though no apparent adult) was in the field with the cows again, but the pool just held four Black-tailed Godwits, five Teal and 23 Shelducks.
Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats and a Lesser Whitethroat were heard/glimpsed around the Tramway, whilst eight Black-tailed Godwits flew over and a few Redshanks and Curlews were in the harbour. (AH/BFF/DM)
North Wall: A brief walk this morning showed the Spotted Redshank and seven Black-tailed Godwits to be back in the Breech Pool, this time accompanied by four Common Redshanks and an aggressive Moorhen.
The Common Tern was also again present but in the harbour at near high water there was little to see other than a couple of Curlews. Also, a Cetti's Warbler called along the Wall and there was the usual Egret activity in Owl Copse. (IH)
Church Norton: There were lots of Sandwich Terns, plus a few Little and Common Terns coming and going in the harbour, with quite a few sitting out the hide tide, too, though the only waders noted were a handful of Ringed Plovers, Curlews and Turnstones and c30 roosting Oystercatchers.
The Swallows were busy around the hide, but few other small birds were seen beyond half a dozen Skylarks and a dozen Linnets along the spit/beach. (AH)
Itchenor Quay: Nesting House Martins have always faced problems here as the harbour mud is the wrong consistency for nest-building, so when summer storms arrive the sad result is ruined nests at the height of the breeding season, it's been the same this this year with just two natural nests remaining.
Thankfully this is mitigated by the 11 artificial nests placed around the Harbour Office buildings and currently four of them are occupied by birds with young and one natural nest has young also, so all is not lost. It just goes to show the importance of giving them a helping hand. (SR)
(0645-0915hrs) (W, F6-7)
Gannet - 19E, 4W
Mediterranean Gull - 1E
Kittiwake - 1W
Sandwich Tern - c30os
Common Tern - 3os
Little Tern - 2os
Meanwhile, the pool itself had two Little Ringed Plovers, two Avocets, five Black-tailed Godwits, eight Teal and 22 Shelducks on it, whilst a handful of Swifts went over west. (AH/SR/MO-W)
North Wall: There are still no muddy margins at the Breech Pool but the water level has dropped sufficiently to encourage a summer-plumaged Spotted Redshank and seven Black-tailed Godwits to feed in the centre of the pool, while a Common Tern and single Swift flew above.
Also, a Common Sandpiper was struggling to find somewhere to settle at Owl Water and half a dozen juvenile Little Egrets were sat out in Owl Copse, but passerine activity was limited to a few singing Reed Warblers. (AH)
(1445-1545hrs) (WSW7) (SH)
Gannet - 2E, 1W
Sandwich Tern - 11 os
Kittiwake - 2W