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)
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 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
Ferry Channel to Sidlesham Quay
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)
Salicornia sp, glasswort (red) and Suaeda maritima, annual sea blite, right (green and red)
Mudflats; salt marsh
Reed buntings (?)
North Wall, White Creek and Salthouse
North Wall to Pagham Pool (tidal path)
Dunlin and Ringed Plover
Submerged tree stumps
Swans and Wigeon?
Pagham Pool back to North Wall
Cormorants and Wigeon?
Great Black-Backed Gulls
Great Crested Grebe
Curlew and Wigeon
North Wall, back to the viators centre
Black-Tailed Godwits in the breach pool
Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker