Thursday 29 December 2022

29th - 31st December 2022

Saturday, 31st December: The year ends with yet another morning of strong south-westerly winds and persistent drizzly rain, and remaining unseasonably mild, too........

For those of you wanting something to read this evening, the Review of the Year 2022 is now up and ready to read on the dashboard above. Happy New Year! (Eds)

Selsey Bill: There was a bit of interest this morning, including a first-winter Little Gull lingering offshore, with two Slavonian Grebes, a Fulmar and four Guillemots also noted. Full log below. (SH/BI/AH/IP/SR)
(0800-0930hrs) (SW, F6)
Great  Northern Diver - 2os
Red-throated Diver - 2E, 1W, 1os
Slavonian Grebe - 2os
Great Crested Grebe - 1W, 1os
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 35W
Common Scoter - 10E, 1W, 5os
Red-breasted Merganser - 8E
Little Gull - 1os
Kittiwake - 3W
Sandwich Tern - 7os
Guillemot - 3W, 1os
auk sp - 1W

Little Gull (above), Fulmar, Guillemot, Kittiwake, Gannet & Sandwich Tern at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were six species of duck on the pool this morning - three Tufted Ducks, four Gadwall, 12 Wigeon, c20 Mallards, c40 Shovelers and c75 Teal, plus a Little Grebe. (AH)

Shovelers at the Ferry (AH)

Drayton Pits: A Great White Egret was was on the North Pit again this morning. (BI)

Park Farm, SelseyTwo Fieldfares were present this afternoon, along with a Stonechat, 20 Meadow Pipits and 62 Pied Wagtails. (S&SaH)

Long Pool: The Spotted Redshank was in Ferry Channel this afternoon, along with a few Redshanks, whilst at the far end there were c300 Lapwings, c100 Teal and c40 Shelducks. Also, two Jays flew over. (AH)

Spotted Redshank in Ferry Channel (AH)

Church Norton: There wasn't much to report this morning, with just c25 Grey Plovers, c50 Knot and c300 Dunlin on the mud, whilst a Kingfisher and a Mediterranean Gull flew through and a dozen teal dropped in, whilst a big, mixed flock of Golden Plovers and Lapwings briefly flew up from the far end of the harbour. (AH)

Mediterranean Gull (above), Grey Plover & Dunlin at Church Norton (AH)

Friday, 30th December: A thoroughly wet and miserable morning, with persistent rain in a strong southerly, though quite mild and slowly drying up as the wind shifted to the west........

Selsey Bill: There wasn't much on the move this morning, with 50 Kittiwakes west the most obvious activity. Full log below. (SH/BI/SR/AH)
(0800-1000hrs) (SSE, F6)
Slavonian Grebe - 1E
Great Crested Grebe - 1E, 1os
Gannet - 1E, 4W
Brent Goose - 1E
Common Scoter - 6E
Red-breasted Merganser - 5E
Kittiwake - 2E, 50W
Sandwich Tern - 1os
Guillemot - 1os
auk sp - 1E, 1W

(1300-1430hrs) (SH)
Great Northern Diver - 2os
Great Crested Grebe - 1os
Gannet - 8W
Common Scoter - 2W
Red-breasted Merganser - 8W
Mediterranean Gull - 2os
Kittiwake - 10W
Sandwich Tern - 10os
Razorbill - 2W
Guillemot - 2W
auk sp - 4W

Gannet at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: It was just ducks again on the pool this morning, namely four Gadwall, c40 Shovelers, c20 Wigeon, c20 Mallards and c80 Teal. (AH)

Shovelers and Teal at the Ferry (AH)

Park Farm, Selsey: A dozen Brent Geese, a Stonechat and six Long-tailed Tits were around the farm today, plus a Sparrowhawk over. (S&SaH)

Church Norton: It was just the usual mix of waders this morning, including an Avocet, c40 Grey Plovers, c300 Knot and c500 Dunlin, with the only wildfowl being four Shelducks. 
Also, three Jays, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Kestrel were in the churchyard. (AH)

Knot (above), Avocet and Dunlin, Dunlin & Shelducks at Church Norton (AH)

This afternoon, a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers were in the harbour, along with a few Wigeon, Teal and Brent Geese, whilst a Sandwich Tern and six Mediterranean Gulls were offshore and a Jay was by the Mound. (AH)

Red-breasted Mergansers (above) & Jay at Church Norton (AH)

Thursday, 29th December: A mostly bright and very breezy morning, quite chill in the brisk westerly....

Selsey Bill: The Red-necked Grebe went west again this morning, as did six Pintail, whilst 21 Common Scoters went east and 14 Sandwich Terns were offshore. Full log below. (SH/SR/P&LH/AH/IP)
(0745-0945hrs) (W, F6)
Great Northern Diver - 2os
Red-throated Diver - 7E, 2os
diver sp - 1E
Red-necked Grebe - 1W
Great Crested Grebe - 1os
Gannet - 5E, 24W
Brent Goose - 3E, 12W
Pintail - 6W
Common Scoter - 21E, 8os
Red-breasted Merganser - 6W, 3os
Turnstone - 6
Mediterranean Gull - 4os
Common Gull - 1W
Kittiwake - 2E
Sandwich Tern - 14os
Razorbill - 1E, 2W
auk sp - 2E, 13W

(1300-1400hrs) (P&LH)
Great Northern Diver - 1W
Red-throated Diver - 2W
Great Crested Grebe - 1os
Red-breasted Merganser - 1W, 1os
Grey Plover - 1W, then E
Turnstone - 53
Mediterranean Gull - 5os
Sandwich Tern- 5os

(1445-1545hrs) (SH)
Gannet - 4W
Red-breasted Merganser - 2E
Mediterranean Gull - 4os
Common Gull - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 1os
auk sp - 1W

Sandwich Tern (above), Great Northern Diver, Pintail, Common Scoters & Red-breasted Mergansers at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were lots of ducks on the pool this morning, including c80 Shovelers, c60 Wigeon, c200 Teal, a drake Gadwall and c25 Mallards, along with a Little Grebe and eight Canada Geese. (AH)

Gadwall (above) & Teal at the Ferry (AH)

Pagham Spit: The Snow Bunting was still at the far end of the spit this morning. (PB)

North Wall: A Grey Wagtail, a Rock Pipit and a Kingfisher were by the sluice this morning with two Little Grebes along White’s Creek, whilst further out on the mud there were 1000 Lapwings and 500 Golden Plovers.
A Marsh Harrier was briefly behind the Breech Pool, but it was generally quiet in the blustery conditions. (LP/CT)

Grey Wagtail (above), Grey Wagtail and Rock Pipit & Little Grebe at the North Wall (LP)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - Two Dartford Warblers and three Stonechats were along the banks today, whilst c1500 Brent Geese were in the arable fields west of Marsh Barn.
Also, a Marsh Harrier, c30 Golden Plovers and c150 Lapwings were around the reserve, along with two Egyptian Geese. (S&SaH)

Medmerry: Porthole Farm, Ham Farm and Wilson's Farm - It was generally very quiet this morning, with a female Black Redstart at Little Ham Cottages the only bird out of the ordinary.
There were no birds at Porthole Farm beyond a few Pied Wagtails and a Buzzard, though a pair of Stonechats and a Yellowhammer were along the path to Ham, whilst at Ham itself, c500 Lapwings flying up from the reserve, a Kestrel and a couple of Skylarks was about it.
The cover crop fields at Wilson's Farm were also largely devoid of birds, with half a dozen Reed Buntings and c40 Stock Doves the only things noted. (AH)

Black Redstart (above), Stonechat, Kestrel & Stock Doves at Medmerry (AH)

Church Norton:  A Kittiwake went west close in and a group of Redshank, Dunlin and Grey Plover were feeding along the strandline but it was generally quiet in a brief look this morning. (BI et al)

Monday 26 December 2022

26th - 28th December 2022

Wednesday, 28th December: A pretty miserable morning in a near gale-force south-westerly, with persistent spitty drizzle giving way to heavier rain........

Selsey Bill: There was a reasonable selection this morning, but no numbers of anything other than 175 Gannets west. Full log below. (SH/BI/AH/SR)
(0800-1000hrs) (SW, F6-7)
Great Northern Diver - 1os
Red-throated Diver - 1E, 11W, 1os
Great Crested Grebe - 5W, 2os
Gannet - 175W
Brent Goose - 20E, 4W
Common Scoter - 2E, 8os
Red-breasted Merganser - 3E, 5W, 4os
Turnstone - 3
Mediterranean Gull - 1os
Common Gull - 1W
Kittiwake - 6W
Sandwich Tern - 9os
Razorbill - 11W
auk sp - 94W

Later on, two Purple Sandpipers went west, and this afternoon a Fulmar went west and 32 Common Scoters went east. Full log below.
(1200-1330hrs) (SH)
Great Crested Grebe - 1os
Gannet - 3W
Common Scoter - 6W
Red-breasted Merganser - 1E
Purple Sandpiper - 2W
Turnstone - 12W
Sandwich Tern - 1os

(1445-1545hrs) (AH)
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 6W
Common Scoter - 32E, 14os
Red-breasted Merganser - 2E, 2os
Kittiwake - 2E

Sandwich Terns (above), Common Scoters, Gannet & Red-breasted Mergansers at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were c50 Shovelers, c50 Wigeon and c100 Teal around the pool, plus a Little Grebe, with just a couple of Redshanks in the channel opposite. (AH)

Shovelers on the Ferry (AH)

Park Farm, Selsey: A total of 118 Great Black-backed Gulls and 50 Mediterranean Gulls were on the fields this afternoon. (SH)

Church Norton: There really was very little to report in the dismal conditions this morning, beside the usual mix of c300 Knot, c100 Grey Plovers and c800 Dunlin, plus a few Curlews and Redshanks, on the mud, with wildfowl comprising just half a dozen Brent Geese, four Shelducks and a Wigeon. (AH)

Knot (above), Grey Plover and Dunlin & Brent Geese at Church Norton (AH)

Bank Holiday Tuesday, 27th December: A reasonably pleasant morning of sun and some heavy cloud in a freshening south-westerly breeze........

Selsey Bill: The Red-necked Grebe went by west again and a Slavonian Grebe was on the sea, whilst another 81 Red-throated Divers went west, including an impressive 36 birds in one large, loose flock. Full log below. (SH/BI/AH/SR)
(0745-1000hrs) (SW, F3-4)
Great Northern Diver - 1os
Red-throated Diver - 4E, 81W, 3os
Red-necked Grebe - 1W
Slavonian Grebe - 1os
Great Crested Grebe - 1W, 4os
Gannet - 99W, 100os
Brent Goose - 2E, 3W
Pintail - 1W
Eider - 2E
Common Scoter - 4E, 9W, 3os
Red-breasted Merganser - 16E, 4W
Kestrel - 1
Turnstone - 13
Mediterranean Gull - 4W, 3os
Common Gull - 2W
Sandwich Tern - 15os
auk sp - 7E, 3W

(1330-1430hrs) (SH)
Red-throated Diver - 1E
Gannet - 5W
Common Scoter - 6os
Turnstone - 8
Mediterranean Gull - 3W
Sandwich Tern - 13os
auk sp - 3W
Grey Seal - 1os

Red-throated Divers (above), Sandwich Tern & Sandwich Tern and Mediterranean Gull at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were c150 Wigeon and Teal and c75 Shovelers on and around the pool this morning, with two Avocets and six Redshanks in the channel opposite. (AH)

Avocet (above) & Wigeon and Teal at the Ferry (AH)

Park Farm, Selsey: A Stonechat, two Pied Wagtails and three Bent Geese were around the fields this morning. (S&SaH)

Church Norton: There were again very large numbers of waders in the harbour, including a huge flock of c800 Golden Plovers and c1000 Lapwings, 19 Avocets, c400 Black-tailed Godwits, c300 Knot, c150 Grey Plovers and c600 Dunlin, though rather fewer wildfowl, with just 25 Pintail, c50 Wigeon and Teal and 40 Brent Geese noted, and no small birds of note at all. 
There were also a Red-breasted Merganser on the sea and a Red-throated Diver west offshore. (AH/S&SaH)

Golden Plovers (above), Grey Plover, Knot & Brent Geese at Church Norton (AH)

North Wall: A Red-breasted Merganser was in White’s Creek along with a few Wigeon, while four Dunlin were on the mud with the regular Redshanks. 
A Kingfisher was by the sluice and a Rock Pipit was along the wall, but the Breech Pool held just a couple of Mallards, though behind the pool, two Marsh Harriers were active all morning, but it was generally quiet. (LP)

Marsh Harriers (above), Red-breasted Merganser & Mallards at the North Wall (LP)

Boxing Day, Monday, 26th December: A fairly bright morning, if a little cooler than of late, and clouding up later....

Selsey Bill: There was another good westward movement of Red-throated Divers this morning, including a flock of 19, and more Gannets, too. Full log later. (SH/SR/BI/AH/IP/RAI)
(0745-0930hrs) (WNW, F4)
Great Northern Diver - 3os
Red-throated Diver - 7E, 79W, 3os
diver sp - 1E
Slavonian Grebe - 2os
Great Crested Grebe - 1W, 1os
Gannet - 310W
Brent Goose - 17W
Eider - 1W
Common Scoter - 6W, 9os
Red-breasted Merganser - 1E, 2W, 4os
Mediterranean Gull - 6W
Kittiwake - 8W
Sandwich Tern - 8os
Razorbill - 4E, 4W
Guillemot - 2W
auk sp - 23E, 250W
Rock Pipit - 1
Meadow Pipit - 1W
Linnet - 2W

Red-throated Divers (above), Great Northern Diver, Guillemot & Common Scoters at the Bill (AH)

(1240-1340hrs) (SH)
Red-throated Diver - 8E, 1os
Gannet - 6E, 10W, 50os
Common Scoter - 13E
Red-breasted Merganser - 1W
Turnstone - 9
Mediterranean Gull - 2W
Common Gull - 2W
Kittiwake - 3W
Sandwich Tern - 8os
auk sp - 2E, 6W
Pied Wagtail - 1

Later, at least 20 Sandwich Tern were offshore and 14 Common Scoters went east. (AW)

Sandwich Tern (above) & Common Scoters at the Bill (AW)

Ferry Pool: The pool just held ducks again - namely c50 Shoveler and Wigeon and c100 Teal, with just a few Redshanks in the channel opposite, whilst a Water Rail was in Red Barn Ditch and a Chiffchaff and a few Long-tailed Tits were along the Tramway. (AH)
Four Egyptian Geese were seen flying east over the fields to the south of the Ferry this morning. (S&SaH)

Water Rail (above) & Teal at the Ferry (AH)

Park Farm, Selsey: A Song Thrush and a Kestrel were in the farm area this morning, and the fields contained 150 feeding Curlews along with a small flock of Meadow Pipits and two Pied Wagtails. (IP)

Church Norton: There were a lot of waders spread out across the mud this morning, including 17 Avocets, c100 Grey Plovers, c200 Knot, c 300 Black-ailed Godwits,c800 Dunlin, c400 Golden Plovers and c200 Lapwings, with c30 Pintail among 100+ Wigeon and Teal, and c200 Brent Geese on the far side.
Four Egyptian Geese flew low oven the harbour, heading east, whilst the Greenshank was back feeding in the channels in the very southern part of the harbour, with other birds here including two male Red-breasted Mergansers, and offshore there was an immature male Eider.
There weren't too many passerines about, though, with a Mistle Thrush in the car-park, a dozen Skylarks along the spit, a dozen Long-tailed Tits and a couple Goldcrests and Cetti's Warblers around the Severals and a couple of Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings along the west side the only birds of note. (AH/IP)

Egyptian Geese (above), Mistle Thrush, Avocets & Golden Plovers and Lapwings at Church Norton (AH)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - A Short-eared Owl was over the reserve this morning, as were three Kestrels, with c700 Golden Plovers and c1500 Lapwings being disturbed by a Peregrine and a Sparrowhawk.
Also, 500 Brent Geese were on the fields, 13 Snipe were on the Stilt Pool and the banks held two Stonechats and four Yellowhammers. (S&SaH/HB)

Pagham Spit and Lagoon: The Snow Bunting was present once again this morning, though it was favouring the area around the base of the old hide. (TG)
Later, a Goldeneye was on the Lagoon, along with 10 Tufted Ducks and a few Little Grebes and seven Skylarks were along the spit, with the Snow Bunting was back in its usual place, but more mobile than usual.
Out in the harbour towards the East Side there was a huge collection of all the regular harbour species together with an Avocet and a pair of Red Breasted Mergansers, whilst a Sandwich Tern was fishing near the harbour mouth, two Red-throated Divers were on the water and a Gannet went by a bit further out.
At high tide many of the waders in the harbour relocated to the new part of the spit, with about 1000 birds in total made up of Dunlin, Grey Plover, Knot, Ringed Plover, Turnstones and Oystercatchers. (LP)

Snow Bunting (above), Ringed Plovers and Dunlin, Knot, Grey Plovers and Dunlin & the many birds in the harbour at Pagham Spit (LP)

West Wittering: At least 500 Brent Geese were looking spectacular as they came into the fields at dusk today. (GM)

Brent Geese at West Wittering (GM)