Selsey Bill: Very slow again - it must be mid-summer! Full log below. (SR/AH/MO-W)
(0700-0830hrs) (E, F4)
Gannet - 2E
Sandwich Tern - c30os
Swift - 2
House Martin - 4
Also, there were an Avocet, a Black-tailed Godwit, three Teal and 16 Shelducks on the pool, whilst the three Cattle Egrets were among the cows on Ferry Field.(AH)
Long Pool: It was quiet along the pool, with just the odd Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting and Linnet showing, plus a family of Whitethroats and a couple of Swallows over. (AH)
North Wall: The Little Owl was again present near the stables, roosting in a tree at 0641hrs, but it had moved out of sight by 0653 (IH).
The Breech Pool held the usual 25+ Mallard, but there were also three drake Teal and three Tufted Ducks amongst them early on. The reeds were busy with Reed and Sedge Warblers toing and froing, plus a couple of Cetti's Warblers, with just the odd bit of singing, whilst Common Tern and 10 Lapwings were about the best of the rest. (OM)
This evening c30 Sand Martins were feeding over the Breech Pool. (SP)
East side: Two drake Wigeon were in the harbour channel this morning, but there was little else of note: a dozen Curlew, 15 Oystercatchers and six Redshank being about it, apart from a small numbers of Shelduck.
A Chiffchaff gave a few low-key bursts of song, but the main point of interest for me was a Reed Warbler - perhaps newly arrived - that was singing stridently and continuously from a tamarisk bush near the old jetty - and throwing in a few Blue Tit and Skylark-like calls! My heart rate began to increase somewhat as I began to consider rarer options, but after half an hour I was satisfied it was just the commoner species and I never did get a glimpse of it! (OM)
Tuesday, 23rd June: A warm and sunny morning, with a moderate south-easterly breeze just keeping the temperature in check.........
(0640-0810hrs) (SE, F2-3)
Gannet - 5E, 2W
Sandwich Tern - c50os
Common Tern - 6os
auk sp - 4E
Swift - 10
Swallow - 1
House Martin - 8
A watch between 0800 and 0900hrs produced a Red-throated Diver and a dark-phase Arctic Skua, both going west. (KJ et al)
Ferry Pool: The Green Sandpiper was still on the concealed pool early this morning, along with an elusive Water Rail, possibly with young, whilst a Little Ringed Plover, five Black-tailed Godwits, four Redshank and 12 Shelducks on the main pool and three Cattle Egrets were among the cows in Ferry Field. (AH/AW/MO-W/KJ et al)
Donnington: A Red Kite went over, early this morning. (SH)
North Wall: A brief walk this morning encountered two Cuckoos flying together near the stables where the Little Owl was again reported yesterday.
Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings were all active, as were a flock of Goldfinches at the sluice gates, while Little Egrets, Cattle Egrets and Grey Herons were all on show in Owl Copse. (IH)
Later on, at least two, and possibly as many as four, almost fledged Cattle Egret chicks were showing in Owl Copse.
Also, a Cuckoo was calling towards Honer Farm, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps were also heard and half a dozen Redshank and Curlews were in the harbour, whilst a, a Marbled White and a Comma were among the many Meadow Browns on the wing. (AH/TG)
This evening a Barn Owl was out hunting the fields behind the wall. (KJ)
Sidlesham: A Red Kite went over Jury's Lane, at the north of the village, just after 8am this morning. (MO-W)
A pair of Great Black-backed Gulls have two chicks on a roof in north Selsey. (SR)
Hunston (Wilf's) Copse: A Treecreeper, a Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, juvenile Song Thrush, family of Chiffchaffs and Jackdaws and at least three Blackcap families were in the copse, and in the field close by a dozen Swallows and House Martins were about, watched over by a Buzzard. (SR)