Saturday, 12th November: The breeze finally abated this morning, as it swung from south-west to south-east overnight, leaving a pleasant and warm morning of sunshine and white cloud..............
Selsey Bill: The first Slavonian Grebe of the autumn flew in from the east and landed on the sea, whilst 4700 Wood Pigeons went over east, nearly half in one massive flock, but otherwise there wasn't a lot going on. Full log later. (SH/SR/IP/AH/JA/BI)
(0650-1005hrs) (SSE, F4)
Red-throated Diver - 2E
Slavonian Grebe - 1os
Great Crested Grebe - 1E, 1W
Gannet - 1W, 1os
Shag - 2E
Little Egret - 4W
Brent Goose - 3W
Wigeon - 8W
Common Scoter - 10E, 3W
Red-breasted Merganser - 1E, 1W
Kestrel - 1
Mediterranean Gull - 7os
Common Gull - 1E
Sandwich Tern - 1os
auk sp - 1W
Wood Pigeon - 4720E
Skylark - 1E
Swallow - 1
Meadow Pipit - 11E
Pied Wagtail - 6W
Magpie - 35E
Linnet - 34E
Goldfinch - 182E
Chaffinch - 3E
Wood Pigeons (above) & Goldfinches at the Bill (AH)
East Beach Pond: A Yellow-browed Warbler was reported as present late this morning (per Birdguides), but there was no further sign (IP/JA/SR).
Ferry Pool: There were just ten Shelducks, c40 Wigeon, c75 Shoveler and c100 Teal on the pool this morning. (AH)
Shoveler on the Ferry (AH)
Pagham Spit and East Side: The Snow Bunting was again at the western end of the spit this morning, though there were no further reports, and there were also two Dartford Warblers and two Stonechats present, along with four Rock Pipits and a Kingfisher.
Also, another Dartford Warbler, two more Stonechats, a Reed Bunting and two Goldcrests were around the Slipe Field, with a Chiffchaff in the hedges by the harbour, whilst 120 Brent Geese, 22 Shelducks, eight Pintail, 17 Grey Plovers, c30 Ringed Plovers, 20 Turnstones and 220 Lapwings were in the harbour. (CRJ/SR)
Snow Bunting (above), Stonechat & Brent Geese at Pagham Spit (CRJ)
North Wall: A male and female Marsh Harrier, a Kestrel and two Reed Buntings (one singing) was about it along the wall. (CRJ)
Also, there was a mixture of birds on the sodden fields behind the reservoir. including 112 Brent Geese, 96 Black-headed Gulls, 19 Curlews, seven Black-tailed Godwits, three Redshanks, two Egyptian Geese, two female Marsh Harriers and a Mute Swan. Highlight was when the two harriers had a spat immediately overhead and everything took to the air. (JDW)
Egyptian Geese at the North Wall (JDW)
Park Farm, Selsey: Two Goldcrests and six Pied Wagtails were the highlights this morning. (IP)
Church Norton: The highlight was a Dartford Warbler briefly sat on the gorse opposite the First Several, with also two female-type Reed Buntings, a singing Chiffchaff, a few Long-tailed Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Green Woodpecker in the vicinity, whilst the Spit was full of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks, plus a number of Linnets and 25 Greenfinches.
The harbour held a lot of birds, but nothing out of the ordinary - conservative estimates of wildfowl would be 250 Brent Geese, a similar number of Wigeon, 200 Teal and a dozen Pintail, whilst waders were just the usual Dunlin, Turnstones, Oystercatchers and Curlews, plus a few Ringed Plover and Knot. (IP)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - A Long-tailed Duck was on the Stilt Pool this morning, where there were also five Snipe, c60 Lapwings, a Common Gull, six Gadwall, up to ten Shovelers and Tufted Ducks and c50 Wigeon and c200 Teal.
Also, unexpectedly, a first-winter Arctic Tern flew over the pool and later two together were feeding over the reserve.
The banks were fairly quiet, with a Dartford Warbler in the 'Yellowhammer Bushes' the only one seen, whilst a dozen Yellowhammers were by the poplars, at least that many Stonechats and Meadow Pipits were spread along the path and c300 Linnets and c100 Skylarks were around the reserve.
Also, a Green Sandpiper flew up and dropped back down, out on the reserve, with two Marsh Harriers, a Sparrowhawk and four Kestrels seen over the reserve, too, and four Sandwich Terns were offshore. (AH/SH)
Long-tailed Duck (above), Arctic Tern, Dartford Warbler, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit & Common Gull and Lapwing at Medmerry (AH)
Sidlesham: This afternoon a female Marsh Harrier flew low over our garden on the west of the village, heading eastwards. (AH)
Marsh Harrier over Sidlesham (AH)
Friday, 11th November: It remains unusually warm for the time of the year, with another breezy mix of sunshine and fast moving white cloud in a moderate south-westerly.... .....
Selsey Bill: It was quiet early on, but picked up a bit later, when three Little Gulls went west, along with a very distant flock of geese, that may well have been Barnacle Geese. Full log below. (SR/IP/AH/KT/BI)
(0715-0930hrs) (SW, F4)
Shag - 2os
Brent Goose - 6W
goose sp (possibly Barnacle Geese) - 25W
Common Scoter - 2E
Sparrowhawk - 1
Oystercatcher - 3E
Turnstone - 9
Little Gull - 3W
Mediterranean Gull - 3os
Kittiwake - 16W
Linnet - 16W
Chaffinch - 3W
Brent Geese at the Bill (AH)
Ferry Pool: There was very little going on this morning, on the very full pool, with just c60 Shovelers and c150 Teal spread around the banks. (AH)
Pagham Spit: The Snow Bunting was still present early this morning at the end of the spit (BI/TG/T Taylor), but was then absent for a long period (IP/SR/AH), before reappearing in the same area later on! (TG/T Taylor)
Also, two redhead Goosanders flew in from the east, heading for the harbour mouth, and a Dartford Warbler was along the path, with a pair of Stonechats, half a dozen Skylarks and up to a dozen Meadow Pipits and Linnets in the vicinity.
At least 250 Brent Geese (including the odd white-headed one that has been present for several winters, now) and similar of Wigeon, plus a few Pintail, were in the harbour, whilst a huge flock of Black-tailed Godwits - perhaps 400 birds - came up from the far end, as did 200 Lapwings. (AH)
Goosander (above), Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Skylark, Pintail & aberrant Brent Goose at Pagham Spit (AH)
This afternoon, the Snow Bunting re-appeared at the end of the spit before vanishing again. (AB)
Also, the female Black Redstart was nearby, along Pagham Beach again, and three Goosanders were in the harbour mouth. (T Taylor)
Thursday, 10th November: Another very mild and blustery morning in a fresh westerly, sunny early on, but clouding up later.....
Selsey Bill: There was a little more activity than yesterday, including a Great Northern Diver and a Red-throated Diver offshore,a Merlin along the beach, a Swallow over the houses and several big flocks, totalling 505 Wood Pigeons heading over high to the west. Full log below. (SR/IP/AH)
(0720-0900hrs) (WSW, F4-5)
Great Northern Diver - 1E
Red-throated Diver - 1E
Brent Goose - 1W
Red-breasted Merganser - 3W
Merlin - 1W
Kestrel - 1
Turnstone - 4
Mediterranean Gull - 15os
Wood Pigeon - 505W
Swallow - 1
Meadow Pipit - 4W
Pied Wagtail - 1
Linnet - 13W
Swallow (above), Mediterranean Gull & Wood Pigeons at the Bill (AH)
Ferry Pool: Five Avocets on the pool and 20 Lapwings over were the only waders seen this morning, with otherwise just a Common Gull among 50 Black-headed Gulls and eight Shelducks, c20 Wigeon and Shovelers and c200 Teal tucked in around the edges. (AH)
Common and Black-headed Gulls (above) & Avocets and Teal on the Ferry (AH)
Church Norton: The Greenshank was present again this morning, with c50 Grey Plovers and c200 Dunlin on the mud before the tide got too high, whilst a few Brent Geese were in the harbour, and another 75, including a dozen juveniles were behind the churchyard again.
Also, two Kingfishers flew along the side of the harbour together, a couple of Jays were in the churchyard, a couple of Chiffchaffs, Cetti's Warblers and Reed Buntings were along the west, side and four Stonechats and a couple more Reed Buntings were along the Severals.
Also, at least six Red Admirals were on the wing. (AH/CRJ)
Greenshank (above), Grey Plover, Stonechat & Brent Geese (AH) & Red Admiral (CRJ) at Church Norton
Pagham Spit: A Snow Bunting - the first of the autumn - turned up at the harbour mouth end of the spit at c.3pm this afternoon.
Also, a female Marsh Harrier was out hunting over the harbour. (T Taylor/TG)
North Wall: A male Marsh harrier was out hunting over the Breech Pool this afternoon. (AD)
Marsh Harrier at the North Wall (AD)