0630-0800hrs: (wind W/NW4) (AH/IP/MO-W/OM)
Gannet - 3E, 3W
Common Scoter - 2E
Turnstone - 16 ob
Sparrowhawk - 1
Little Tern - 4 os
Common Tern - 6 os
Sandwich Tern - 40 os
Mediterranean Gull - 5W
Swift - 9
Sand Martin - 4E
House Martin - 5
Wheatear - 1
Ferry Pool: A Common Sandpiper was on the pool this morning, along with an Avocet, 27 Black-tailed Godwits, ten shelducks and 14 Teal, though there was nothing in the channel opposite early on as a man was flying a drone low over it and there was just a Whimbrel present later. (AH/OM)
Later, there was a bit of activity in the sallows at the overflow car park, where at least five Willow Warblers, a Reed Warbler and four Blackcaps were present, whilst further along the cycle track were 10 Whitethroats, two more Blackcaps and another Willow Warbler. (OM)
This evening a ringed female Kingfisher was along Ferry Channel. (AW)
North Wall: The Breech Pool this morning at one time, unusually, held a Curlew and a Cattle Egret as well as a single Black-tailed Godwit and several Teal while there was burst of song from a nearby Cetti's Warbler.
There were a Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper and a Little Tern in Whites Creek and another two Greenshanks further out in the harbour, together with at least one Whimbrel and a scattering of Dunlin, whilst near Heron Island there were eight Cattle Egrets with a Kestrel in the distance. (IH)
Church Norton: There were still a dozen Little Terns and 40 Sandwich Terns in the harbour this morning, though there were just a couple of Whimbrel and a few Dunlin and Ringed Plovers among the numerous Redshanks present.
A Reed Warbler was feeding two freshly fledged young outside the hide, with a Lesser Whitethroat and a couple of Willow Warblers and Blackcaps nearby, whilst a Sedge Warbler was feeding at least three young on the first Several, where there were also a handful of Whitethroats. (AH)
There were also c25 Swallows, presumably two or three families with many juveniles being fed by their parents, around the hide and a huge fast moving flock of c75 birds - comprising Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, Goldcrests and Willow.Chiffs - went through the churchyard. (AH)
Off Dell Quay there were ten Greenshank and 79 Redshank on the far shore, whilst along the length of the creek above Dell Quay there were ten Turnstones, five Black-tailed Godwits, 22 Oystercatchers, about 100 Curlew and five Whimbrel .(RW)
Park Farm, Selsey: This evening there were 40+ Swifts, 80+ Sand Martins, 40+ House Martins and 20+ Swallows over the farm. (S&SaH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - There were two Whimbrels, a Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 33 Black-tailed Godwits, a Sparrowhawk, two Kestrels and four Buzzards around the tidal area by the poplars this afternoon, but there were few birds along the banks.
Another three Greenshanks and Common Sandpipers were on the Stilt Pool, along with a Dunlin, plus two Yellow Wagtails and ten sand Martins. (S&SaH)
Otherwise it was fairly quiet, though at least three Wheatears were present and over 20 Common Terns went west. Full log below. (SH/BI/IS/IP/AH/SR/RP)
(0555-0900hrs) (WNW, F4)
Great Crested Grebe - 1W
Gannet - 7E, 13W
Cattle Egret - 13W (0633hrs)
Teal - 4W
Common Scoter - 4E, 24W
Turnstone - 1E, 8W
Mediterranean Gull - 1E, 9W
Sandwich Tern - 24E, 37W, 30os
Common Tern - 22W
Little Tern - 1W
Swallow - 3W
House Martin - 14
Sand Martin - 20W
Wheatear - 3
The Greenshank, Common Sandpiper and two Whimbrels were again all in the channel opposite, along with another eight Black-tailed Godwits, but the bushes were very quiet beyond the odd Whitethroat and Chiffchaff. (AH).
Long Pool: There was little to report this morning beyond the odd Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and Whitethroat, plus a dozen Linnets, and Ferry Channel just held c40 Redshanks and a couple of Curlew and Teal. (AH)
Park Farm, Selsey: There was a large mixed hirundine flock over the farm this morning, and there were also a Wheatear, two Willow Warblers, six Pied Wagtails, a Kestrel and a Green Woodpecker present. (IP/s&SaH)
Church Norton: A Pied Flycatcher was behind the hide this morning, a Garden Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat were in the bushes at the end of the path to the harbour, four Wheatears were on the concrete slabs and there were also the odd Willow, Reed, Sedge and Cetti's Warbler about.
There were still at least ten Common Terns, 20 Little Terns and 40 Sandwich Terns in the harbour, but there were only a dozen Dunlin, 15 Turnstones and a few Ringed Plovers and Curlews present, whilst a Teal, a Gadwall and a juvenile Little Grebe were on the second Several and a Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk went over.. (HB/IP/A&YF/RJS/S&SaH).
North Wall: A Greenshank and a few Black-tailed Godwits were in Whites Creek this morning, while further out were two Grey Plovers, about 50 Dunlin and a fishing Common Tern.
There was a lot of exposed mud in the Breech Pool which also showed the effects of cattle entering it last week, but the only birds of note were 25 Black-tailed Godwit and a few Sand Martins and Swallows above.
At least six Cattle Egrets were positioned near Heron Island, a Barn Owl was seen early this morning towards Marsh Farm and apparently the Little Owl was seen early yesterday near the stables. (IH)
Later, there were at least 16 Cattle Egrets present around the island, along with at least 20 Little Egrets and five Grey Herons.
A Greenshank was briefly among c80 Black-tailed Godwits and c30 Redshank on the Breech Pool, at least three Whimbrel were in the harbour and c50 Mediterranean Gulls were among c250 Black-headed Gulls around the fields.
Passerines were very few, though, beyond the odd Whitethroat and Reed Warbler, plus a group of Long-tailed Tits, whilst 20+ Swallows and a Buzzard passed overhead. (AH)
(0550-0900hrs) (WNW, F4)
Gannet - 15E, 21W
Cattle Egret - 8W (0605hrs)
Common Scoter - 1W
Sanderling - 1E, 1W
Turnstone - 4E, 8W, 6 present
Whimbrel - 1W
Mediterranean Gull - 2W
Sandwich Tern - 9E, 32W
Common Tern - 20W
Little Tern - 3E, 5W
Swift - 1
Swallow - 8W
Sand Martin - 9W
House Martin - 3
Pied Wagtail - 3
Wheatear - 1
Willow Warbler - 1
Church Norton: There were still at least 20 Little Terns, ten Common Terns and 50 Sandwich Terns in the harbour this morning, along with a new arrival of c50 Mediterranean Gulls, but waders were few beyond a handful of Whimbrels, Curlews and Redshanks.
A dozen Linnets and a couple of Reed Buntings were about, too, whilst 20 or so Swallows were over the harbour and Greenlease Farm, with a few more, plus a few Sand Martins drifting off south..