Selsey Bill: There was quite a selection this morning, including a Hobby, five Tree Pipits and 100+ Yellow Wagtails over, a juvenile Arctic Skua close inshore and a pair of Sandwich Terns with a surprisingly young juvenile for the time of year. Full log later. (SH/PB/PM/BI/MO-W/SR/IP/RP/RW/AH)
(0600-0900hrs) (N, F2)
Gannet - 7E, 6W
Wigeon - 9W
Teal - 12E, 27W
Shoveler - 3W
Common Scoter - 1W
Hobby - 1W
Sanderling - 8W, 1 present
Curlew - 1E
Turnstone - 30
Arctic Skua - 1E (juv)
Mediterranean Gull - 4E, 2W
Sandwich Tern - 25E, 11W, 3os
Stock Dove - 2E
Swift - 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Swallow - 26E
Sand Martin - 23E
House Martin - 3
Tree Pipit - 5W
Yellow Wagtail - 43E, 67W
Grey Wagtail - 8E, 4W
Wheatear - 2
Willow Warbler - 4
Chiffchaff - 1
Ferry Pool: Three Spotted Redshanks and a Common Sandpiper were the only unusual species on the pool, though there were c60 Lapwing, c80 Black-tailed Godwits, 14 Shelduck and c100 Teal present.
A look around the Tramway produced a family group of Chiffchaffs, a Lesser Whitethroat and a handful of Whitethroats, plus a few Swallows over. (AH)
Church Norton: There was a lot going on this morning, particularly around the hide/churchyard area, where there were four Tree Pipits, a Firecrest, a Pied Flycatcher, at least four Redstarts, a Spotted Flycatcher and 10+ Blackcaps reported.
Along the beach and Severals there were at least three Whinchats, five Wheatears, a Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, numerous Whitethroats, another Redstart, four Stonechats and a Hobby, perched in a tree at the back. Also, a total of 29 Siskins, ten Yellow Wagtails, five Grey Wagtails, a Swift and hundreds of hirundines - mainly Swallows - went over. In the harbour were six Sandwich Terns (including two young juveniles) whilst four Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk were overhead.
The Little Stint was on the mud opposite the hide again, plus the usual waders, and three Yellow Wagtails were on the mud. Also, a Water Rail squealed in the second Several and a Fulmar and seven Wigeon flew west offshore. (IP/PB/PM/AW/MB/P&JW/A&YF/OM et al)
This afternoon the Little Stint was showing well this afternoon in the harbour, and 200 sand Martins dropped down on the mud briefly, whilst a Whinchat and one of the Tree Pipits shared the dead tree in the churchyard and a couple of Redstarts were still about, too. (AW)
The only waders on the Stilt Pool were a dozen Lapwings, though two Common Sandpipers went west along the beach, whilst a few Teal, Gadwall and Tufted Ducks were among the 300+ Canada Geese. (AH)
This evening four Wheatears, four Whinchats,, three Stonechats, five Yellow Wagtails, two Corn Buntings, two Whitethroats and seven Yellowhammers were along the banks, whilst a Greenshank was by the poplars and two Common Sandpipers, three Dunlin and three Ringed Plovers were on the reserve. (S&SaH)
The Breech Pool water level was higher again today, though 20 Lapwings and a dozen Black-tailed Godwits were actually present on the pool and a calling Spotted Redshank flew over. In the Honer field behind the pool, where the cattle herd was present, there were 16 Cattle Egrets and at least 30 Yellow Wagtails, with 30+ Sand Martins feeding low overhead.
Warblers were active along the Wall and hedgerows, where 10 Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, a couple of Blackcaps, four Sedge Warblers, six Reed Warblers, three Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff and three Cetti's Warblers were logged.
Out on the mudflats, two Whimbrel were feeding amongst a small number of Dunlin and Ringed Plovers whilst another distant Spotted Redshank was heard. (OM/IH/SP)
This afternoon the Breech Pool held 27 Lapwings, 42 Black-tailed Godwits and a Spotted Redshank in partial summer plumage, whilst 53 Canada Geese were in the field behind.
I was despairing of finding migrants until I reached Macracarpra Copse, where there were a Pied and a Spotted Flycatcher, a pair of Redstarts, a female Blackcap and two Chiffchaffs, plus a Greater Spotted Woodpecker. (JDW)
Sidlesham: At least 1000 hirundines were over the garden for much of the afternoon, initially an even split of Swallows and House Martins, but later at least 100 Sand Martins joined them.
Also two Ravens went south, some way to the west, and a Sparrowhawk and four Buzzards were up, too. (AH)
Medmerry: Ham Farm - Presumably yesterday's Short-eared Owl appeared a couple of times from over near the breach, whilst offshore from the breach there were five Sandwich Terns.
The banks and fences were quite busy, with a pair of Corn Buntings, at least six Whinchats, four Wheatears and six Stonechats present, plus a handful of Meadow Pipits and a couple of Skylarks and Whitethroats, whilst c30 Sand Martins went over. (AH)
Sunday, 30th August: Another cool and mostly grey morning, with the breeze brisk and from due north....................
Selsey Bill: There was a bit of a selection this morning, including two Arctic Skuas and an Eider east and two Little Gulls and 38 Yellow Wagtails west. Full log below. (SH/PB/BI/MO-W/RP/SR/IS//AH/IP)
Great Crested Grebe - 1os
Gannet - 12E, 43W
Teal - 10W,
Wigeon - 3E, 1W
Common Scoter - 3W
Sanderling - 1
Turnstone - 66
Arctic Skua - 2E (ad d/p & juv)
Little Gull - 2W
Sandwich Tern - 4E, 12W, 5os
Swift - 6E
Sand Martin - 8E
Yellow Wagtail - 38W
Grey Wagtail - 1E, 2W
Pied Wagtail - 1N
Meadow Pipit - 1N
Wheatear - 2
Whitethroat - 1
This afternoon a Hobby went east, fairly close inshore. (AW)
Selsey: At 1018hrs this morning, the flock of 22 White Storks that emanated from the Knepp Estate were seen drifting west over the town. (AW)
Ferry Pool: Two Common Sandpipers were present this morning, but beyond a vocal Cetti's Warbler it was much as yesterday, with c60 Black-tailed Godwits, c20 Lapwings, c80 Teal and a dozen Shelducks being about it. (AH et al)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - A Redstart was by the poplars this morning, with four Pintail, a Green Sandpiper, six Black-tailed Godwits and two Snipe nearby, whilst the banks held seven Whinchats, six Wheatears, a few Whitethroats and a flyover Hobby. (HB/GM)
Later, a Corn Bunting was sitting out on the bushes. (HR/DMe)
There was a lot of activity there this afternoon, including the first Hen Harrier of the autumn, a Marsh Harrier and a Short-eared Owl and what will probably be the last Cuckoo of the year.
Otherwise, a Curlew Sandpiper, a couple of Whimbrel, a dozen Grey Plover, c30 Lapwing and a Spotted Redshank were in White's Creek, with it or another later on the Breech Pool, along with c30 Black-tailed Godwits, c20 Lapwing, a Greylag Goose, a few Teal and many Mallard and Canada Geese.
At least 41 Cattle Egrets were roosting in the harbour with a dozen Little Egrets and five Grey Herons, and a few Wigeon were also present.
A big flock of Swallows was over the fields at Halsey's Farm, but the hedges were quiet beyond a Whinchat, a Lesser Whitethroat and the odd Whitethroat and Willow Warbler, plus at least 30 Yellow Wagtails around the wall, whilst c40 House Martins and a few Sand Martins went over the wall, where there were a couple of Wheatears and three Meadow Pipits, and a Grey Wagtail was near the sluice. (AH/BI/IH/SP/KJ/JDW et al)
West Wittering: The flock of 22 White Storks passed low over the village this morning, heading for Ella Nore as they moved west. (H Goldsmith per MR)
Gannet - 1E
Teal - 1W
Turnstone - 35
Arctic skua - 2W (d/p)
Sandwich Tern - 3E, 22W
Swift - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 2W
Goldcrest - 1
This evening a swift was over Ursula Square. (RP)
Park Farm, Selsey: There were just three Sand Martins, a Pied Wagtail, a Whitethroat, two Buzzards, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk about this morning. (S&SaH)
Hunston Copse: There wasn't much to report here beyond a Tree-creeper this afternoon. (S&SaH)
North Wall: A lengthy walk this morning started with a Kingfisher at the sluice gates and Dunlin, Knot and about eight Grey Plovers along East Side, while three Wheatears were amongst the rocks along the Wall and in the Breech Pool, with its improving water level, were a few Redshank, Black-tailed Godwits and a departing Green Sandpiper.
The south facing hedges from the Quay towards Owl Point were considerably more sheltered and consequently there were a few small birds around including four Redstarts, a male Lesser Whitethroat, a dozen Whitethroats, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and two Willow Warblers.
A few Linnets were around the saltmarsh with c.200 hirundines, including a good number of House Martins overhead, whilst in the distance 25 Cattle Egrets flew towards Marsh Farm. (BI)
Also, a juvemile Common Tern was over the little lagoon on the spit. (TG)