Sunday, 25 June 2017

25th - 27th June 2017

Tuesday, 26th June: A very grey and blustery start, with the wind from the south-east, and the promise of heavy rain later.....

Ferry Pool: There were just three Black-tailed Godwits, eight Redshank and the Shelduck family on the pool this morning, with another dozen Black-tailed Godwits and Redshanks, including a juvenile, in the channel opposite.
Along the path to the hide there were plenty of juvenile Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, plus a few Chiffchaffs and a singing Blackcap. (AH)


Black-tailed Godwit (above), Redshanks & Chiffchaff around the Ferry (AH)




Long Pool: There was still a bit of Reed and Sedge Warbler song along the pool, plus a couple of Whitethroats and Linnets, and at the far end of Ferry Channel there were at least 75 Redshank and a couple of Curlews, with c30 Lapwings overhead. (AH)


Sedge Warbler (above) & Redshanks around Long Pool (AH)


Church Norton/West side: There was just the usual Little, Common and Sandwich Tern activity this morning at Church Norton, whilst along the west side of the harbour there were a Whimbrel and 20+ Curlews, and a flock of c30 Grey Plover flew in from the west.
There were at least half a doxen Linnets and Whitethroats along the bushes, plus a couple of Skylarks on the saltmarsh and there were Gatekeeper butterflies in abundance all the way along. (AH)


Linnet (above), Skylark, Common Tern, Grey Plovers & Gatekeeper at Church Norton (AH)







Monday, 25th June: After a grey start, a fairly pleasant day, with a mix of sunshine and cloud and a moderate easterly breeze..... 

Ferry Pool: There were two Redshank chicks at the front with their parents, and the parent Lapwing, with another ten of the former, a Greenshank and 24 Black-tailed Godwits at the back, and family of Shelducks were still going strong. A Common Tern was in the channel opposite with another couple of Black-tailed Godwits and c20 Redshank.
There were a couple of singing Blackcaps around the Discovery area and car-park, and there was a mobile flock of Long-tailed Tits, Blue Tits and Chiffchaffs in the bushes. Also a lone Brent Goose flew over west. (AH)


Greenshank (above), Redshanks, Brent Goose, Chiffchaff & Long-tailed Tit around the Ferry (AH)





North Wall/Breech Pool: Unfortunately the water level was too high again for waders on the pool, though there was an Egyptian Goose at the back amongst moulting Mallards and half a dozen Teal. A newly-fledged Swallow was on a post, being fed occasionally by its parents, and a couple of Common Terns were coming and going, as were a flock of 20 Lapwings. (OM/R&GH)

White’s Creek/East side: On the mudflats there were 4 Whimbrel and 10+ Curlew, plus a noisy gathering of 25 Oystercatchers. In the channel were 4 Great Crested Grebes and a couple of Common and Little Terns fishing, but nearer the harbour entrance was an unseasonal surprise in the form of a summering Brent Goose. (OM)



Common Tern at the Breech Pool (GH)




Egyptian Goose amongst Mallards on the Breech Pool and Brent Goose on the east side channel (OM)



Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - There must have been 100 Skylarks along the banks this morning, along with the usual scattering of Yellowhammers, Linnets, Meadow Pipits, Stock Doves and Whitethroats, plus a couple of Reed Buntings. Also at least half a dozen Reed warblers were singing intermittently from the ditches, 20+ Swallows and 10+ Swifts were feeding over the fields and two Buzzards and two Mediterranean Gulls went over.
There were still three chick/juvenile Little Ringed Plovers, plus parents on the Stilt Pool, along with what appeared to be a Ringed Plover pair on eggs, at least six families of Avocets, two families of Canada Geese and one of Shelducks, but the only migrant noted was a Green Sandpiper that flew up from the back. Out on the reserve there was a family of well-grown young Shelducks, a couple more well-grown Avocet families, a dozen Lapwings and a single Curlew. (AH)



Avocets (above), Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plovers, Stock Doves, Swallow, Whitethroat, Skylark & Buzzard at Medmerry (AH)









Selsey Golf/Country Club:  There was a good selection of birds along the rife this morning, including a pair of Tufted Duck, a Grey Heron, a Whitethroat, singing Reed and Sedge Warblers, two Moorhen families, one Coot family, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, a family of newly-fledged Whitethroats, four juvenile Long-tailed Tits, nine Goldfinches,  a Song Thrush, three Swifts, a House Martin, two Swallows, a Pied Wagtail and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (SR)

Juvenile Reed Warbler at Selsey Golf Club (SR)

Medmerry: Ham Farm - There were two, and possibly three, singing Corn Buntings this evening, in the fields rather than along the banks, and there were also 20+ Skylarks, and a couple of Whitethroats and Linnets, with at least 30 Mediterranean Gulls out on the tidal mud. (AH)

Corn Bunting (above), Linnet & Whitethroat at Medmerry (AH)



West Wittering: A pair of Kestrels appear to have successfully fledged three youngsters in the village. (MR)

Juvenile Kestrels in West Wittering (MR)




Sunday, 25th June: Another grey and blustery day, though fairly mild....

Selsey Bill: (0630-0800hrs) (SH/AH)
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 14E, 10W
Gadwall - 1W
Common Scoter - 1E
Mediterranean Gull - 1W
SAndwich Tern - 19os
Common Tern - 12os
Little Tern - 4os
Swift - 2os


Gannet (above) & Sandwich Tern past the Bill (AH)


Ferry Pool: The parent Lapwings and Redshanks were still at the front, the Shelduck family and 14 Black-tailed Godwits were also present, and a Blackcap was singing in the Discovery Area (AH)


Black-tailed Godwit (above), Redshank & juvenile Moorhens on the Ferry (AH)



North Wall: A dozen Black-tailed Godwits were on the Breech Pool, where there was also a singing Chiffchaff and Reed Warbler, and a Common Tern and a Little Tern dropped in to feed in White's Creek. (AF/RJS)

Church Norton: It was very quiet along the front, with just the odd snippet of Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat and Linnet song, and beyond the continued little, Common and Sandwich Tern activity there was little else about beyond the odd Mediterranean Gull and Curlew. (AH) 



Little Terns (above), Sandwich Tern, Mediterranean Gull & Yellow Horned Poppy at Church Norton (AH)





Chi GP's - Drayton Pits: A short visit this morning, but I was pleased to see the first two broods of Pochard with their respective mothers; hopefully there will be one or two more such broods to follow of this nationally rare breeding bird. There were also 20 Gadwall and 30+ Tufted Duck, two pairs of Mute Swans with cygnets, two pairs of Great Crested Grebes and at least six pairs of Little Grebes with young. A few Reed Warblers, Blackcaps and Reed Buntings were still singing occasionally, the regular pair of Buzzards was very active, and 20+ Swifts were high over the lakes. Also of note were around 15 Marbled Whites and a few Pyramidal orchids. (OM)

 Marbled White and Pyramidal orchids at Drayton GPs (OM)




Thursday, 22 June 2017

22nd - 24th June 2017

Saturday, 24th June: A complete contrast to just a few days ago, with a blustery westerly, intermittent heavy drizzle and cool under the heavy cloud.....

Selsey Bill: (0630-0830hrs) (SH/PB/AH/SR)
Fulmar - 2W
Gannet - 6E, 22W
Common Scoter - 24E, 4W
Mediterranean Gull - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 9os
Common Tern - 13os 
Little Tern - 1os
(1330-1500hrs) (SH)
Gannet - 3E, 11W
Shag - 1W
Common Scoter - 2E
Common Tern - 7os
Sandwich Tern - 3os
Kittiwake - 1W

Fulmar (above), Gannet & Common Tern past the Bill (AH)


Church Norton: The two immature drake Eiders were offshore from the Bluebell Wood this morning. (S&SaH)

Ferry Pool: There were ten Black-tailed Godwits at the back with the Shelduck family and the ever-anxious Lapwings and Redshanks were at the front, though the chicks weren't visible. (AH)


Redshank on the Ferry (AH)

North Wall: there was a Greenshank, a Redshank, 44 Black-tailed Godwits, 14 Lapwing, two Curlews, seven Teal, a Gadwall and four Tufted Ducks on the Breech Pool, a couple of Common Terns drifted over and there was still Reed and Sedge Warbler song from the reeds despite the conditions.
There were a Shelduck family with seven ducklings, and another half a dozen Curlew and Lapwing in White's Creek, plus a lone Black-tailed Godwit, but that was about it. 
Also, a Pyramidal Orchid was along the lower path of the North Wall. (AH)


Greenshank (above), Shelduck family, Curlew, Teal and Black-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwits & Pyramidal Orchid along North Wall (AH)





Ivy Lake: A quick look this morning produced ten Common Terns and at least 15 Great Crested Grebes, but no hirundines, whilst a drake Pochard was on Nunnery Lake and a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and a Reed Warbler all sang sporadically. (AH)


Common Tern (above) & Pochard at Ivy Lake (AH)

A look at Ivy Lake a little later, in the heavy rain, produced the Black Swan family of parents and three cygnets, 24 Great Crested Grebes, three Common Terns, seven Gadwall,  two families of Coot,  c40 Canada Geese including one odd hybrid and 9 Swallows, a few House Martins and Swifts. 
Copse Lake had singing Sedge Warblers, a Cetti's Warbler, two juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 17 Greylag Geese, the Bar-headed Goose, two  Great Crested Grebes, 22 Canada Geese and 20 feeding Swallows. (SR)


Black Swan family on Ivy Lake (SR)

Selsey: There were a Pine Hawk-moth and another Eyed Hawk-moth in the trap this morning. (SH)


Pine Hawk-moth (above) & Eyed Hawk-moth in a Selsey garden (SH)



Friday, 23d June: A more typically English summer's day, with a brisk westerly wind, plenty of cloud and the odd sunny spell.....

Ferry Pool: The Redshank and Lapwing chicks were still at the front, along with their parents, but there was not much else beyond the fast-growing Shelduck family, a family of Mallards and a pair of Avocets. (AH)







Church Norton: Both a Chiffchaff and a Blackcap were singing, but passerine activity was hard to detect in the windy conditions, though a couple of Skylarks were on the spit. There was still plenty of Little, Common and Sandwich Tern activity, along with 20+ Mediterranean Gulls and numerous young Black-headed Gulls, but the only waders noted were a dozen widely spread Curlews. (AH)



Common Terns (above), Sandwich Terns & Holly Blue at Church Norton (AH)



This afternoon a Whimbrel flew out of Ferry Channel, calling as it went, and the Little and Common Terns were showing well. (J-PC)





Little Terns (above) & Common Tern at Church Norton (J-PC)



Medmerry, Easton Lane area: A very blustery wind this morning was keeping the birds down but there were still three Reed Warblers singing occasionally from the ditches, a Reed Bunting by the sluice and a few Yellowhammers along the paths. The Essex Skipper butterfly colony near the car park seems to be doing well and elsewhere along the banks were a few Small Skippers and plenty of flighty Meadow Browns. (BI) 





Thursday, 22nd June: A cool and grey start was followed by a glimpse of the sun before a thunder storm rolled through.....

Selsey Bill: (1630-1730hrs) (SH)
Gannet - 5E, 2W
Arctic Skua - 1os (l/p)
Bonxie - 1os
Sandwich Tern - 9os
Common Tern - 19os
Little Tern - 4os

Ferry Pool: A Greenshank was on the pool early on, before flying into the harbour, and there were also two Avocets, three Black-tailed Godwits, the Shelduck family and the parent Redshanks and Lapwing. (AH)



Greenshank (above)& Avocet of the Ferry (AH)


North Wall: No sign of the Spotted Redshank this morning, though the Snipe, half a dozen Teal and the Black-tailed Godwit flock were all still on the Breech Pool. (OM)

Church Norton and west side: There was still plenty of activity around Tern Island and at least 30 Mediterranean Gulls were in the harbour, along with a dozen or more Curlews and a couple of Ringed Plovers.
It was fairly quiet along the west side, though two or three Reed Buntings, Whitethroats and Linnets were about, a Reed Warbler still singing in Reedy Marsh, and a Greenshank (presumably the one from the Ferry) was with about 20 Redshank at the end of Ferry Channel. (AH)



Little Tern (above), Reed Bunting, Linnet & Meadow Brown at Church Norton (AH)





Medmerry: Porthole Farm - This evening there were 40 Mediterranean Gulls of all ages on the fields, a Pied Wagtail carrying food and a singing Yellowhammer nearby and c30 Swifts, c50 Swallows and c100 House Martins over the settling tanks. (AH)






Mediterranean Gulls (above), Yellowhammer & Pied Wagtail at Porthole Farm (AH)