(0645-0830hrs) (WSW, F5-6)
Gannet - 6E, 30W, c50os
Black-tailed Godwit - 3W
Curlew - 2W
Mediterranean Gull - 7W
Sandwich Tern - c75os
Common Tern - 6os
Little Tern - 8os
auk sp - 1W
House Martin - 4
Linnet - 2
Ferry Pool: There were eight Lapwing and two Teal on the pool, with a Reed Warbler and a Sedge Warbler at the front. (AH)
Church Norton: There was a steady stream of Sandwich Terns bringing in fish this morning, though most of the fledglings had retreated back to the island, whilst there were a few Common Terns about and at one stage 40 Little Terns were sat out together on the mud.
There were just a few Curlews, Ringed Plovers and Oystercatchers in the harbour, whilst along the front there were a couple of Whitethroat families and 20+ Linnets. Also of note, at least 20 Purple Hairstreaks were on the oaks in Bluebell Wood. (AH)
In the footpath behind the stables there was a new hatching of Red Admirals together with one Comma butterfly. (IH)
This evening the Little Owl was by the stables again. (SP)
A couple of pairs of Great Crested Grebes now have young, as do half a dozen pairs of Little Grebe and the reedbeds of all three pits are busy with the comings and goings of Reed Warbler families, with some birds still singing.
The Marsh Harrier family is still present, though less conspicuous today; I saw the adults with one juvenile for sure and it begins to look as if it may be the only one, but time will tell. (OM)
Fishbourne - Dell Quay: A blustery walk this morning was fairly quiet, with two singing Reed Buntings, three Yellowhammers (one carrying food) and several Swallows low over the marshes at Fishbourne.
In the harbour there were at least ten Curlew, seven Redshank and four Oystercatchers, whilst off Dell Quay there was a group of 13 Little Egrets on the far bank, with at least four more further up the channel. On the water there were four Great Crested Grebes and 108 Mute Swans, whilst a Common Tern flew down the channel carrying a small fish. (RW)
The Stilt Pool was very quiet, though, with just six Black-tailed Godwits of note, whilst a female Common Darter was seen along the paths. (S&SaH)
(0545-0900hrs) (SW, F7)
Gannet - 12E, 36W
Sandwich Tern - 45os
Common Tern - 3os
Swift - 2W
Ferry Pool: There were 14 Shelducks on the pool early this morning, whilst later on it was birdless.. (AH)
Park Farm, Selsey: Two Sparrowhawks were around the farm this morning. (SH)
Church Norton: There were still plenty of Little, Common and Sandwich Tern activity in the harbour, along with at least 500 Black-headed and 20 Mediterranean Gulls, but waders comprised of just four Dunlin, two Turnstones and a few Curlews.
The two Tufted Ducklings reappeared on the second Severals and at least one young Little Grebe was present, whilst their were also two and possibly three Sparrowhawk chicks in their nest. (S&SaH/AH)
Ivy Lake: Encouragingly, all ten Pochard ducklings seen last week were much grown and still going strong with their three mothers, whilst another mother had two much younger ducklings nearby.
There were also a couple of Tufted Duck families, at least 100 Coots, including many juveniles, 140 Canada Geese and eight Great Crested Grebes, whilst half a dozen Common Terns were feeding over the water and at least five very young-looking Black-headed Gulls were with their respective parents.
A couple of Chiffchaffs and Reed Warblers were still singing sporadically, but only one Swift, one House Martin and a handful of Swallows were seen. (AH)
Drayton Pits: A Marsh Harrier was present again this afternoon, and there were two young families - a three and a five - of Pochards. (S&SaH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to Marsh Barn - Around the poplars this afternoon there were three Common Sandpipers, a Knot, 44 Black-tailed Godwits, eight Lapwings, 12 Redshanks, c20 Mediterranean Gulls and c50 Shelducks.
There were also c40 Swifts putting on quite a display of aeronautics, along with a few Swallows. (AH)
(0530-0930hrs) (SW, F7)
Balearic Shearwater - 1W (0859hrs)
Gannet - 5E, 5W
Common Scoter - 13E, 20W
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 (on Oval Field)
Mediterranean Gull - 1W
Kittiwake - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 30os
Common Tern - 3os
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 25W
Common Scoter - 24E (in one flock)
Sandwich Tern - 23os
Ferry Pool: There were just a lone Teal and ten Shelducks on the pool this morning. (AH)
Long Pool: A Shoveler was on the pool this afternoon. (S&SaH)
Also, later, a Common Sandpiper was on the concrete spit and a Sparrowhawk and c20 Swifts were over the Severals.
This afternoon there were 20+ juvenile Sandwich Terns sat out on the mud, several Little Terns were seen taking food to New Island and there were also six Common Terns, two Black-tailed Godwits in the harbour. (S&SaH)