• Sim Elliott

Birds at RSPB Pagham Harbour. 03.10.22

Updated: Oct 27

I went to RSPB Pagham Harbour again, as I love Pagham Harbour. As usual I travelled to the reserve by train and bus. I took the train from Brighton to Chichester (55 minutes, two trains an hour), and then picked up the 51 bus from 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)


I arrived at 11.00 and left at 16.15. It was mostly a sunny day, about 17 degrees C; toward the end of the day there was some cloud. There was a very light wind.


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


Ferry Pool


Shoveler Ducks; back at Pagham. In the UK they breed in southern and eastern England, especially around the Ouse Washes, the Humber and the North Kent Marshes and in much smaller numbers in Scotland and western parts of England. In winter, breeding birds move south, and are replaced by an influx of continental birds from further north. Shoveler Duck Facts | Anas Clypeata - The RSPB


Shelducks


Shelducks can be seen at any time of year, but the population swells to more than 81,000 birds during winter. Shelduck Facts | Tadorna Tadorna - The RSPB


A solitary Brent Dark-Bellied Brent Goose (that has been on the Ferry Pool all year) surrounded Black-Headed Gulls


detail


Ferry Channel to Sidlesham Quay


Redshank


Redshank in flight


Small White Butterfly


Little Grebes in the Sidlesham Mill Pond


Moorhens and Mallards on the mill pond.


Female Hornet Mimic Hoverfly on Ivy at Sidlesham Quay


Sidlesham Quay to North Wall, harbour (tidal path)


Curlew


Salicornia sp, glasswort (red) and Suaeda maritima, annual sea blite, right (green and red)


Mudflats; salt marsh


Reed buntings (?)


Male Stonechat


Herbaceous seepweed


Male Stonechat


North Wall, White Creek and Salthouse


Sea Aster


Little Egret



Toadflax




North Wall


Buzzard


Oystercatcher


Gulls


Mallards


North Wall to Pagham Pool (tidal path)


Lapwings


Mallards


Dunlin


Lapwing


Ringed Plovers


Dunlin and Ringed Plover


Submerged tree stumps


Swans and Wigeon?


Widgeon


Oystercatcher


Common Darter


Pagham Pool back to North Wall


Cormorants and Wigeon?


Little Grebes


Great Black-Backed Gulls


Mallards


Curlew


Ringed Plovers


Wigeon


Great Crested Grebe


Curlew and Wigeon


Cormorant


Lapwings


Mute Swan


Redshank


Little Egret



North Wall, back to the viators centre


Black-Tailed Godwits in the breach pool


Mallards


Grey Plover


Grey Heron


Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker


Little Egret




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