Sunday 26 May 2024

26th - 28th May 2024

Tuesday, 28th May: A pretty dismal morning, with heavy overnight rain continuing after dawn before slowly easing, leaving a cool, grey morning in a very fresh south-westerly breeze..............

Selsey Bill: Four Manx Shearwaters went west this morning, but a Fulmar and a few Gannets and Kittiwakes west was about it, otherwise. Full log below. (AH/SR/IP)
(0630-0900hrs) (SW, F5-6)
Manx Shearwater - 4W
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 23W
Oystercatcher - 1W
Ringed Plover - 1W
Mediterranean Gull - 1E, 1W
Kittiwake - 11W
Sandwich Tern - 4W
Swallow - 1N

Fulmar (above), Sandwich Tern & Gannet at the Bill (AH)

(1200-1400hrs) (AW)
Manx Shearwater - 1W
Fulmar - 1W
Common Scoter - 2W
Sanderling - 3W
Kittiwake - 1W

Sanderlings (above), Common Scoters, Fulmar & Kittiwake at the Bill (AW)

(1640-1810hrs) (SH/AH)
Great Crested Grebe - 1os
Manx Shearwater - 1W
Gannet - 6W
Sanderling 10W
Kittiwake - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 3os
Common Tern - 1os
Razorbill - 2W

Common Tern at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were just ten Avocets on the pool this morning, along with four Redshanks, a drake Shoveler and 26 Shelducks. (AH)

Avocets and Shelducks on the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton There were seven Whimbrel and two Bar-tailed Godwits in the harbour this morning, along with a dozen or so Dunlin and Ringed Plovers, but nothing else beyond a couple of Curlews and a few Oystercatchers and Shelducks.
The Cuckoo was again being very vocal around the Severals, with a couple of Whitethroats, Reed Warblers and Linnets also present, whilst a Chiffchaff and two Blackcaps were singing in the vicinity of the Mound and three Mistle Thrushes were along Rectory Lane. (AH)

Bar-tailed Godwits (above), Whimbrel, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff & Mistle Thrush at Church Norton (AH)

Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May: Another very blustery morning, cool and grey early on, warming up and brightening up later on..............

Selsey Bill: Four Manx Shearwaters and two Fulmars went west, with a Red-throated Diver east, but it was generally fairly slow. Full log below. (SH/JA/AH)
(0530-0830hrs) (WSW, F4)
Great Northern Diver - 1os
Red-throated Diver - 1E
Great Crested Grebe - 1W
Manx Shearwater - 4W
Fulmar - 2W
Gannet - 10E, 7W
Shelduck - 2E
Common Scoter - 13E, 7W
Oystercatcher - 5W
Mediterranean Gull - 3E, 5W
Kittiwake - 2E, 3W
Sandwich Tern - 10os
Common Tern - 3W
Little Tern - 1os
Razorbill - 3W
Swallow - 1

(1300-1400hrs) (SH)
Sandwich Tern - 6os
Swift - 7

Mediterranean Gull (above) & Great Crested Grebe at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: The Avocet count had risen to ten this morning, but otherwise there were just two Redshanks, a drake Shoveler and 24 Shelducks present. (AH)

Shelducks on the Ferry (AH)

This afternoon, there were at least 30 Swifts and a handful of Swallows feeding over the pool. (AH)

Swifts (above) & Swallow at the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton:  Two Little Terns were around their islands this morning, with four more, plus two Sandwich Terns, feeding offshore, but there were just two Whimbrel, a Curlew and a Bar-tailed Godwit in the harbour, along with a few Oystercatchers and Shelducks.
A Cuckoo was being noisy and active around the Severals, but otherwise there were just a couple of Whitethroats, Reed Warblers and Linnets present, plus two singing Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff near the hide. (AH)

Cuckoo (above), Little Tern, Whitethroat, Bar-tailed Godwit & Whimbrel at Church Norton (AH)

North Wall: The Mute Swan family, now with six cygnets were along White’s Creek this morning, and further out on the mud there were two Ringed Plovers and two Dunlin.
Also, a Great Crested Grebe and four Tufted Ducks were on the Breech Pool, a female Marsh Harrier was over the reeds and six Cattle Egrets were in the fields, two Cuckoos were by Owl Copse, a Green Woodpecker flew over and a few Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers were in the reeds. (LP/CT)   

Cuckoo (above), Sedge Warbler, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe & Mute Swan family at the North Wall (LP)

Northcommon Farm:  A Cuckoo was about, along with three Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, a few Reed Warblers, six Swallows, a Swift, a House Martin, four Stock Doves, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Buzzard. (SR) 

Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - There were 22 Avocets on the stilt Pool, but all the chicks were hiding under their mothers, with just a Little Ringed Plover, two Ringed Plovers and a Pied Wagtail seen besides, whilst a Little Tern was feeding offshore and four Cattle Egrets, two Buzzards and a Kestrel were around the reserve.
The banks were still full of birds, including two Dartford Warblers, three Stonechats, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, four Cetti's, two Sedge and eight Reed Warblers, seven Reed Buntings and c20 Whitethroats and Yellowhammers, with 18 Swifts, four Swallows and a House Martin going over. (S&SaH)

Medmerry: Chainbridge to Ham – It was extremely windy here, but the bushes around Ham held good numbers of Whitethroats, Yellowhammers and Linnets, along with a Mother Shipton moth and a Painted Lady butterfly, along with some Common Blues and there were also patches of Grass Vetchling in flower. (SR)

Whitethroat (above) & Mother Shipton moth at Medmerry (SR)

Sunday, 26th May: After heavy overnight rain, a mostly bright and very breezy morning, initially from the south-east, but freshening as it went south-west........

Selsey Bill: There was a slight eastward movement of terns this morning, including another Black Tern, seven Little Terns and a few Common Terns, along with 163 Common Scoters. Full log below. (SH/JA/IP/AH/SR)
(0545-0830hrs) (SSE, F4, veering to SW, F4-5)
Great Northern Diver - 1os
Great Crested Grebe - 2E
Fulmar - 3W
Gannet - 11E, 15W
Common Scoter - 163E, 7W, 31os
Oystercatcher - 2E, 3W
Sanderling - 1E
Herring Gull - 1200os
Kittiwake - 3E
Sandwich Tern - 24os
Common Tern - 10E
'Commic' Tern - 11E
Little Tern - 7E
Black Tern - 1E
Razorbill - 1W
Swift - 4
Swallow - 2
House Martin - 6

(1400-1500hts) (SH)
Gannet - 1W
Arctic Skua - 1W
Mediterranean Gull - 4W
Kittiwake - 4os
Sandwich Tern - 15os
Swift - 3

Fulmar (above) & Sandwich Terns at the Bill (AH)

Ferry Pool: There were eight Avocets on the pool this morning, but otherwise just three Redshanks, a drake Teal and 22 Shelducks. (AH)

There were about 20 Swifts feeding over the pool this evening. (AH)

Avocets on the Ferry (AH)

Church Norton:  A Spotted Flycatcher in the trees between the Severals was the highlight this morning, but not much more was to be seen along the front beyond a pair of Buzzards.
Encouragingly, there were four Little Terns in the harbour, whilst waders included two Bar-tailed Godwits, a Ringed Plover, Whimbrel - with four more on the beach, and c70 Dunlin split between the beach and the harbour.
Also, a juvenile Green Woodpecker flew across the harbour from the spit and there were plenty of Shelducks and Oystercatchers about. (IP)

North Wall: Two female and the male Marsh Harrier were on the wing at various times this morning, but it was slow in the brisk breeze, with nothing in the harbour and just four Lapwings and a few Shelducks on the Honer fields.
There were plenty of Reed, Sedge and Cetti's Warblers along the wall, though all hard to see, along with two or three Reed Buntings, Linnets and Goldfinches, but that was about it. (AH/LP/DHi et al)

Marsh Harrier (above), Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting & Lapwing at the North Wall (AH)

Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - There were six Avocet chicks and 23 adults on the Stilt Pool this morning, along with four Little Ringed Plovers, five Ringed Plovers and three Dunlin, whilst a Cattle Egret was on the reserve and a female Marsh Harrier went over.
There was a fair selection along the banks, despite the breeze, including a Cuckoo, a Blackcap, four Stonechats, c25 Whitethroats, seven Reed Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, four Cetti's Warblers, six Reed Buntings and c20 Yellowhammers, plus four Swallows over. (S&SaH)

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