An early morning walk produced nothing particularly noteworthy except that more dog walkers seem to be ignoring the request to keep their hounds on a lead. It worries me more at this time of year when some of the ground nesting birds are starting to stake out their territories.
I watched 2 Skylarks climb into the sky singing all the while as they ascended to probably 3-400feet and then parachute down,circling slowly at first and then,for the last 20 or 30feet or so, plummet rapidly to the spot they'd left 5 minutes earlier.
On the lagoon there are still a pair of Red Breasted Mergansers, a drake Goldeneye with 2 females and about 14 Tufted ducks.
Later in the morning I wandered round to the North Wall and was rewarded with a single Avocet and albino Curlew...a first for me! Grey Plover and Knot had formed a good size flock and many of the Black Tailed Godwits are moulting into summer plumage.
A large flock of Linnets still searching the seed heads in Slipe Field....a Serin was apparently with them earlier in the week but alas,I had no joy!
A Wheatear was reported from Selsey Bill this morning but as yet, I haven't seen one on the beach....and its not for the want of looking!