A good start to 2020 with a Long-tailed Duck east at Selsey this morning first thing. Also the usual Great Northern Divers, Red-throated Divers and miscellaneous seabirds! A quick look at Birdham Pool produced the female Mandarin Duck and an extended look at Fishbourne Creek finally turned up the Water Pipit along with c.10 Rock Pipits, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull and a few Goldeneye on the water.
Moving off the Selsey Peninsula for a welcome change I went up to Patching for a second try at the Northern Treecreeper...this time success! The bird showed very well for c.10 minutes before apparently resuming its circuit of the undergrowth.
At home my son found a Robin and a Chiffchaff in the garden, good for him! We also have a number of Rook nests in the trees expertly spotted by Ives jnr..!
Water Pipit at Fishbourne:
Northern Treecreeper at Patching: