Church Norton and Selsey Bill

This morning I visited Church Norton for the first time since September and it was nice to be back. Early mornings can be difficult with the sun position but I walked up where I could on the spit and from here could see plenty of Little Terns. I counted 20 (although at least 40 have been recorded by others). At least 100 Dunlin were feeding on the mud with a few Ringed Plover, a couple of Grey Plover, a Curlew and possibly a Sandling. A Greenshank was heard calling from the severals where a Lesser Whitethroat was singing incessantly. With a bit of cloud now I popped back down to the mound to have a proper look for the Roseate Tern that's been around for a week or so. A gentlemen pointed out a tern that he thought was it, sat alongside some Sandwich Terns and clearly much smaller, but the challenge is to separate it from Common Tern. It flew off and I wasn't able to keep track.

I paid a visit to Selsey Bill for a bit of a seawatch, my first time visiting. The normal crew had already been and gone by now, but I bumped into Jo and whilst we were chatting two groups of Scotor totalling 30 birds went by, going east, nice and close. A gentlemen followed me around to a less windy spot and from here 5 Kittiwakes and a Fulmer were seen going west, again fairly close. A bird that I initially thought was a Red-throated Diver was probably a Great Crested Grebe. A Swift was seen coming in off the sea and a little later 5 House Martins appeared to do the same. Apart from the odd tern, that was all the action from an hour and a half's watching, and most of it in the first 20 minutes from about 9am. 


Little Tern


Little Tern

Ringed Plover and Dunlin

Black-headed Gulls

House Martin at the bill


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