• Sim Elliott

Birds and Dragonflies. RSPB Pagham Harbour 24.09.22 (pm) & 26.09.22 (am)

I went to RSPB Pagham Harbour, a place I have visited many times before, by train and bus on the afternoon of Saturday 24.09.22 and the morning of Monday 26.09.22. I took the train from Brighton to Chichester (55 minutes, two trains an hour), and then picked up the 51 bus at Chichester bus station (next to the rail station) to RSPB Pagham Harbour - stops outside (25 minutes, three buses an hour in winter) 51 Bus Route & Timetable: Chichester - Selsey | Stagecoach (stagecoachbus.com)


On Saturday when I arrived I heard that a Bea-eater had just been seen on the Ferry Channel, so I immediately walked to where it half been seen; but it had gone, I then walked on with two RSPB Rangers to the Severals - the pools beyond Church Norton (south side of the reserve) - where a Wryneck had been seen. I didn't see the Wryneck. However, on my return to the Ferry Pool I did see a Glossy Ibis and a Spotted Flycatcher. I only had time to visit the south of the harbour.


On Monday afternoon I returned to RSPB Pagham Harbour to visit the north side, specifically to visit the North Wall, where I had seen Cattle Egrets on my last visit a week ago. The were no Cattle Egrets, and the tide was very high, so there were few waders around, except in the non-tidal pools (Breach Pool)north of the North Wall and the Ferry Pool. I saw a king fisher catching fish from a pool, and lots of dragonflies, Black-Tailed Godwits and Lapwings.


Birds seen:


Saturday 24.09.22:


Curlew, Dunlin, Redshanks, Oystercatchers, Little Egrets, Grey Herons, Mallards, Black-Tailed Godwits, Glossy Ibis, Spotted Flycatcher, House Sparrows, Rooks, Magpies, Wood Pigeons, Black-Headed Gulls


Tuesday 26.09.22


Greenfinch, Lapwings, Brent Goose, Curlew, Kestrel, Redshanks,, Little Egrets, Grey Herons, Cormorants, Mallards, Shelducks, Black-Tailed Godwits, Lapwings, Sedge Warbler, House Sparrows, Rooks, Magpies, Wood Pigeons, Black-Headed Gulls


Map from: pagham-map.pdf (rspb.org.uk)

Saturday 24.09.22


Church Norton


Beefsteak Fungus


Common Toadflax


Beach at Church Norton


Curlew


Curlew and Dunlin


Redshank


Redshank and Oystercatcher


Little Egrets and Oystercatcher


Sea Thrift



Grey Heron


Sidelsham Quay


Sea Aster


Common Carder Bumblebee on Saa Aster


Mallards


Redshank


Redshank and Little Egret


Ferry Pool


Black-Tailed Godwits


Glossy Ibis


Spotted Flycatcher


Monday 26October 2022


Speckled Wood


Greenfinch


Small White


Ferry Pool - Lapwing


Brent Goose; this Goose has apparently been in the Ferry Pool all year and did not return to Siberia for the winter


Curlews


Redshanks


Curlew


Common Darter Dragonfly


Emperor Dragonfly



Towards Sidelsham Quay


Kestrel


Grey Heron, Little Egret and Cormorant - Owl Copse


Grey Heron


From the North Wall


Cormorants


Grey Heron


Cormorant


Black-Tailed Godwits - beach pool, north of the North Wall; the tide was so high there were few wader in the main part of the Harbour; the breach pool is non-tidal, so the water levels were lower


Lapwings


Grey Heron


Black-Tailed Godwits and Lapwings


Lapwings


Sedge Warbler


Little Grebe


Coots


Shelduck and Two Cormorants


Grey Heron


Little Egret


A Kingfisher; it hovered in the air and plunged into the pool for fish


Looking toward the North Wall


Little Egrets


Ferry Pool - Shelduck, Lapwings and Brent Goose


Shelducks and Lapwings



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