They were also recorded in small numbers off the Bill on many occasions, including a peak of 13 on 14th March. The last spring sighting - of eight birds - was at the former site on 24th March and the first back was on 1st November, with ten at the Bill on 7th December the biggest count.
Almost all the records were of juvenile birds heading east in the morning and returning west in the afternoon, suggesting a roost somewhere along the coast to the west of us.
This was only the second-ever record for the Peninsula, after the first in 1995, and was almost certainly the bird that took up residence at Titchfield Haven (Hants) during the spring.
Numbers dropped away then, but by mid-July the first two were back and by November numbers had built back up to at least 15 around Marsh Farm, with 23 there on 17th December. Selsey Bill recorded its first ever record - of two west on 27th May, with another there 28th October.
The only records from the harbour were what was presumably the long-staying Medmerry bird on 22nd June and the last of the year on 5th October.
There were just two summer reports, including one past the Bill on 30th June, and the first (eight) returning birds went west there on 20th September. Autumn numbers seemed good, too, with an early big count of 1585 west on 2nd October and reasonable numbers of juveniles were present among the wintering flocks, too.
Amazingly, a flock of around 50 dropped in near the North Wall on 8th December, but they didn't linger long.
At least seven goslings were reported intermittently through the summer, with apparently four other juveniles seen there on 16th June, whilst seven birds (presumably part of the family) were seen again on 16th September.
Away from the Bill, a drake was on the Breech Pool on 30th Mar, a pair were there on 17th (having been reported near the Golf Course at Hunston the previous day) and another lone drake was at Medmerry on 4th June.
The first returning bird was there, too, seen dropping onto the sea on 27th October, whilst one (and, briefly, two) settled in at Fishbourne Creek from 20th November.
The first returning birds were five west past Church Norton on 7th October, whilst remarkably, on 17th December, a flock of 47 (mostly drakes) were discovered in the same area, off Chichester Harbour mouth, as in the spring, and at least 40 birds were seen several times subsequently in the vicinity.
Two birds west past the Bill on 11th October were the first back and there were at least half a dozen reports thereafter.
Small numbers remained offshore during the summer, with a drake settling in on the Stilt Pool at Medmerry from 22nd to 24th July, but the autumn was poor compared with recent years, with only small numbers of birds seen.
There was a very random sighting of two east past Church Norton on 23rd June, with the first returning bird of a moderate autumn seen on 10th October.
The autumn was fairly typical, too, in as much as there were near daily reports from the harbour after the first on 12th August, with regular, if less frequent sightings at Medmerry, too, up until the last at the former site on 4th October. What was particularly notable this autumn was the number of sightings of two birds, with three seen together on several dates, too, including 7th and 16th September.
There were a few mid-summer records, but no indication of breeding, and autumn passage was unremarkable, if better than last year. The last bird of the year was seen at Medmerry on 3rd November, the latest date this century.
The first autumn bird wasn't until the late date of 24th September, with another ten reports up to the end of October, including five sightings off the Bill, but then just a couple more after that.
Breeding was confirmed for at least one pair at Medmerry, with chicks seen on 21st June, but the only autumn report was of three at Park Farm, Selsey on 7th December.
One that dropped on the beach on 23rd April was only the third in 15 years there. The last sighting of the year was at the Ferry on 13th September.
Otherwise, it was a wholly unremarkable year, with first definite migrant at the Ferry on 16th April and the last of the year at the North Wall on 15th October.
The first returning bird, seen over Church Norton, was on the early, but not atypical date of 10th June, with the usual scattering seen thereafter, though they were thin on the ground in the autumn, possibly due to the surfeit of muddy ditches to hide away in!
Return passage - after the first bird at Medmerry on 29th June - was modest, too, with once again Fishbourne Creek getting the best numbers, including a peak of 15 on 21st September, and retaining at least seven wintering birds until the year's end.
There were nine individuals across the Peninsula on 14th August and then, oddly, a group of up to nine together (not all the same birds) were tucked away on the Long Pool from 30th August until 4th September. Late autumn numbers were fairly typical, with at least four birds in Fishbourne Creek and three in the harbour.
It seemed to be a very good autumn for Snipe, after an unusually early one at Medmerry on 2nd August, with several counts of 30+ birds in flight during high tides in late November and 114 recorded during surveying at Medmerry on 23rd December.
There were also three records away from the Bill - one in the harbour on 25th August, a juvenile over Birdham three days later and one over Pagham Lagoon on 18th September.
One west past the Bill on 28th August was the first of a poor autumn, with only one September and three October records noted, the last of which was on the 19th.
A first-winter bird settled at Ivy Lake from 25th April until 8th May, with the only other records away from the Bill being one in the harbour on 28th May and another on 20th June. The first two autumn birds went west past the Bill on 6th October, with another on the 9th and then the biggest count of the year - 18 west - on the 18th. The last of the year were three west at Church Norton on 9th December.
There was a reasonable scattering of mid-summer records this year, after the first at the North Wall on 1st July, with at least half a dozen seen regularly there, along with up to five at Medmerry and four at Ivy Lake.
And it would appear that as many as seven birds have settled in to winter off of the Bill and Church Norton, with almost daily sightings right up to the year's end.
A total of 169 west past the Bill on 6th August was a notably high count for returning birds, and there did appear to be a few more about, including 14 west on the fairly late date of 29th September, and a late last date of 25th October.
There were 11 'definites' and 39 'probables' past the Bill on 26th September, with a single bird in the harbour on 28th and 29th, and a final one past the Bill on 26th October.
The last double-digit count in the harbour was of 17 on 29th July, though the regular post-breeding build-up (of 55 birds) in Chichester Harbour was noted from West Itchenor on 1st August. The last of the year were two west past the Bill on 12th September.
Returning birds were seen in August at Church Norton on the 5th and 9th August and at the Bill on the 11th, 17th (four) and on the 18th, the very early last sighting.
The Peninsula hosted its first Richard's Pipit since September 2000, when one was seen and heard briefly at Medmerry (the same site as the afore-mentioned record) on 20th November.
The first birds back were at Medmerry on 8th July, but almost all the early autumn reports were from the North Wall area, including huge pre-roosting flocks there of 500 on 29th August and 300 on the following evening. A total of 69 west at the Bill on 14th September was the biggest visible migration count, whilst the final report - of 20 or so at the North Wall - was on the very early date of 2nd October.
The first bird back was on the typical date of 30th June, and there were regular flocks of several hundred returning birds at Medmerry through July and early August, with a phenomenal gathering there on the 26th, possibly numbering 2000 birds. The last two of the year were at Greenlease Farm on 6th October.
Some good days were noted, though, including at least 5000, in association with the previous species, at Medmerry on 26th August and 2110 west at the Bill on 20th September. A few individuals lingered on into November, with the last, over Northcommon Farm, on the 21st.
Numbers were low again in the autumn, with 30 Redwings in fields at Birdham on 21st November the most conspicuous flock, whilst the only sizeable flock of Fieldfares - around 100 individuals - was along Honer Lane in early December.
And it was followed by something of a bumper autumn, though all the ten records were of skulkers, from the first on 1st October at Church Norton to the last at Halsey's Farm on the 29th, with the exception of the two that went over the Bill on the 23rd.
Return passage commenced with two at the North Wall on 13th August, and numbers were reasonable, with a number of double-figure counts from Medmerry, including a peak of 14 on 1st September, whilst the last of the year was at Church Norton on 6th October.
The last two of the spring were at the Bill on 19th May and the first back was also there on 21st July. Autumn numbers were fair, with several days recording 20+ birds locally and a good tally of 75+ (including at least 40 at Medmerry) was amassed on 7th September. The last of the year was at Medmerry on 27th October.
Two at the latter site on 9th August were the first back, with this and Halsey's Farm, where at least four were present on 25th August, being the most reliable sites, though the last of the year was a late-stayer at Runcton, where one remained from 8th to 15th October.
By contrast, after a quiet start - with one at Medmerry on 16th October - it was an extraordinary autumn, with a prolonged fall across the Peninsula over the last week of October and the first week of November, producing peaks of 16 on the 23rd and 20 on the 24th, including a remarkable 18 at the Bill, with birds seen daily, including three day-counts of nine birds and then 11 on 5th November, the last big day.
The last sightings were the 23rd September at the Long Pool for Sedge Warbler and 19th September at the North Wall for Reed Warbler.
Autumn passage was better than last year, if hardly exceptional, and many of the regular wintering sites seemed to be holding birds late in the year.
The first returning bird was at Church Norton on the fairly early date of 17th September, whilst the Bill recorded another four autumn birds between 3rd October and 3rd November, and four were at Drayton pits on the 6th.
The first bird back was at Northcommon Farm, and there were around a dozen records locally, which - excluding four from Church Norton and two at Birdham on 29th to 30th August - were all from this site until the last there on 10th September.
But the fall of at least 14, and possibly more, there on 27th August was a memorable sight for those that witnessed it, and is surely without precedent in recent times.
Away from these sites reports were few, though one was seen at Marsh Farm, Sidlesham on 15th February, one was at the Visitor Centre on 13th May, a pair were at the North Wall a week later, a pair were seen along the Medmerry Trail on 23rd October, one was in the Slipe Field on 30th November and a pair were near the Visitor Centre on 2nd and 3rd December.
As has been their wont in recent years, at least ten were on the west side of the reserve from late August to early October, whilst a concerted count across the whole site on 3rd October produced a very encouraging 21 individuals.