Ferry Pool: The pool remains a bit forlorn for the peak wader migration period, with just singles of Avocet, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit, plus half a dozen Teal and two dozen roosting Lapwings present.
The channel opposite only held c50 Redshank and the Tramway circuit only yielded a handful of Blackcaps and Whitethroats. (AH)
North Wall: A bit of a welcome reduction in the water level at the Breech Pool and the effects were immediate......there were four Spotted Redshanks there this morning! Also present on the pool were 95 Black-tailed Godwits, 60 Lapwing, five Teal and a Kingfisher. Along the Wall were at least three Wheatears, several Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat and a couple of Cetti's Warblers. (OM/IB/IH)
East side/Pagham Spit: There were 105+ Redshank in White's Creek, and further along was a flock of 45 Grey Plover out on the mudflats, but otherwise there were very few small waders - just a handful of Dunlin and Ringed Plovers. A flock of 22 Teal was in the channel, and the single Pintail reported last week was still present, nearer to the harbour, with the three moulting Eider for company nearby.
A check along the hedgerows and onto Pagham Spit didn't produce anything more exciting than five Wheatears, a Whitethroat and six Willow Warblers - though to be fair time was getting on and holidaymakers were out in droves by late morning! (OM)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - Around Easton Viewpoint was a juvenile and adult Reed Bunting, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroats, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, singles of Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail and c50 Teal. The star of the morning however was undoubtedly the very vocal juvenile Yellowhammer begging food from its parent....... this species is so much a part of Medmerry yet we rarely get sight of a chick or juvenile. Further along, near the bench a flock of c30 Yellow Wagtails was in amongst the cattle along with a Kestrel, a distant Buzzard and few Meadow Pipits. The Stilt Pool held (apart from a herd of cattle!) 3 Wheatears, a Greenshank, a Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Lapwing, c25 Teal, 22 Swallows and 8 House Martins. The 2 Bar-headed Geese were in with the Canada Geese flock again and just before the rain there was an impressive Starling murmuration. (SR)
Wednesday, 30th August: A dramatic change in the weather, with a very cool and grey start and a sharp northerly breeze, giving way to persistent drizzle and rain from late morning....
Gannet - 8E, 52W
Turnstone - 45 ob
Ringed Plover - 1W
Sandwich Tern - 10W, 6os
Common Tern - 15W
Mediterranean Gull - 6W, 1os
auk sp - 1W
Swallow - 40W
House Martin - 10W
Whinchat - 1 gardens
Willow Warbler - 15 gardens
Ferry Pool: The pool remains largely birdless, with just an Avocet, eight Black-tailed Godwits, 15 Teal and 20 roosting Lapwings present, whilst in the channel opposite there were a Kingfisher, a Greenshank and c40 Redshank. (AH)
Church Norton: At least one Spotted Flycatcher was in the churchyard, with another by the concrete wall, but otherwise there were just a handful of Whitethroats and the odd Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler noted in the sheltered spots, along with a Sedge Warbler and a Green Woodpecker, whilst in the harbour there was one Whimbrel, c20 Curlews, c30 Redshank and c50 Ringed Plovers and Dunlin. (AH)
Medmerry: Medmerry Cliffs - Toe end/Breach - There were just one Wheatear and one Whitethroat along the top this morning, plus a Yellow Wagtail over, and just a single Meadow Pipit at Toe End. (SH)
Park Farm, Selsey: There were just six Yellow Wagtails on the fields this evening and four Swallows over. (S&SaH)
Gannet - 5W
Turnstone - 45ob
Little Gull - 1 juvenile, close inshore amongst Black-headed Gulls early on, but drifted off
Swallow - c.250W
House Martin - 1000+ assembled around houses, mainly dispersed at 0923hrs...
Wheatear - 1
Whitethroat - 1
Willow Warbler - 2
Birdham Pool: A Coal Tit was singing in the hedges by the pool this evening. (MR)