Church Norton: The Wryneck was again to be found along the front of the first Severals this morning and then seen on and off over at least the next two hours. Also present there was a minimum of four Stonechats (probably a family group), a hunting Kestrel, two Yellow Wagtails that flew west and a steady flow of hirundines (mainly Swallows). The second Severals held two Shovelers; there were also a couple of calling Cetti's Warblers and a good number of Chiffchaffs in the area.
The Harbour was very full of water (on a 5m tide) and waders were at a premium with just the regular Grey Plover (20), Redshank, Curlew, Oystercatcher and a small flock of Dunlin and Turnstone present. However, there were c.100 Teal and 30 Wigeon present along with five Pintail, whilst four Wheatears were on the metalwork beside the concrete spit and along the beach. A Common Tern also flew over the harbour and a Dartford Warbler was along the gorse. (IP/BI et al)
Medmerry: A distant Merlin was seen from the Easton Lane watchpoint this morning. (MP) Later on in the day a Marsh Harrier and five Kestrels were out hunting and a Kingfisher and a Cattle Egret were noted. Along the banks were two Yellowhammers, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Cetti's Warbler and seven Chiffchaffs, and birds moving overhead included c.50 Meadow Pipits, c.50 Swallows, nine House Martins and a Pied Wagtail. On the Stilt Pool a good count of 15 Egyptian Geese was logged. (SaH/SH)
Work on the new raised walkway seems to be well underway. The path down to the harbour is, not surprisingly very muddy so visitors need to come prepared! From the benches on a rapidly rising tide it was clear the number of Wigeon has recently increased, at least 150 were along the main channel, plus five Pintail, 11 Great Crested Grebes, c75 Dunlin, a group of 11 Little Egrets, a Kestrel and 14 Swallows. The churchyard held a Green and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (AW/SR)
A good selection from Church Norton: from top, Wryneck, Wigeon, Shoveler, Goldcrest, Curlew Sandpiper, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit with Stonechat and Whinchat (AW)
Park farm: This evening there was a Dartford Warbler, four Stonechats, two Green Woodpeckers, four Pied Wagtails, three Yellow Wagtails and four Meadow Pipits. (S&SaH)
Ferry Pool: Two Stonechats were in the field and a Cetti's Warbler was calling along with a Chiffchaff. The Brent Goose was at the back of the pool and there were two Avocets, 13 Shoveler, 12 Shelduck, c25 Teal, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 13 Lapwing and at least two sleeping Spotted Redshanks along with a couple of Common Redshank. In the channel opposite was another Spotted Redshank, a Great Crested Grebe, two Wigeon, c40 Teal and a Little Egret, with a Kestrel hunting overhead. (SR)