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RSPB Pagham Harbour. The female Kingfisher, again. 22.02.22

When I visited Pagham Harbour on Tuesday I visited the full revere; walking first from the visitors centre to the Ferry Pool and then along the path, south of the Ferry Channel, to Church Norton, then on to Church Norton Spit. I then walked back to the Ferry Pool and then walked down the north side of the Ferry Channel to Sidlesham Quay; then via Halsey Farm to the North Wall. I walked up the Owl Copse path to Church Farm, then walked back down to North Wall, and walked to Salthouse. I there turned round and walked back view the North Wall and Sidlesham Quay to the visitors centre. Route marked in green on this map pagham-map.pdf (

Ferry Pool


Shovelers and Avocets

Wigeon and Shovelors


Sluice Gate, Ferry Chanell

Female Kingfisher on sluice gate


Ferry Chanel

Redshanks in the Ferry Channel

Teal in the Ferry Channel


Dunnock next to the path to Church Norton

View to Sidlesham Quay

Tufted Ducks in the pool south of the Ferry Channel

Teal on the north side of the Ferry Channel

Moorhen in the Ferry Channel

Redshank swimming - something I rarely see; I see Redshanks commonly but typically wading

The same Redshank

Opposite Sidlesham Quay

View to the east; Pagham

Female Stonechat

Male Stonechat

North Wall from the path to Church Norton

North Wall ad the Salthouse from the path to Church Norton


The path to Church Norton (flooded at high tide)

The Harbour and Pagham - Oystercatchers and Grey Plovers?

Herring Gull over the mouth of the Harbour

Possibly Grey or Golden Plovers

Path to Church Norton

Grey Plovers

Herring Gulls, Black-Headed Gulls and Little Egret - Tern Island behind


Possibly a Spotted Rsdshank



Golden Plover (?), Little Egret, two Oystercatchers


St Wilfred's Church, Church Norton; the thirteenth-century chancel of a large Norman church. The main part of the church was removed in 1864 and rebuilt in the centre of Selsey to serve the growing population of this seaside resort. St Wilfrid's Church, Church Norton, West Sussex | The Churches Conservation Trust (

A female Chaffinch in the trees around the cemetery at Church Norton

Female Teal

Pagham Harbour

Ruff (?)

Ruff (?) and Grey Plover (?)

Great Crested Grebe


Herring Gulls in front of Tern Island

Church Norton

Pagham Harbour

Walking back from Church Norton to Ferry Pool




Little Egret


Little Egret

Great Crested Grebe (Ferry Channel)


Back at the Ferry Channel sluice - the same Kingfisher as before

Walking down the north side of the Harbour from the Ferry Pool to the North Wall


Halsey's Farm - Wigeon



Church Farm fields - Grey Heron



Little Egret


Little Egret

Lapwings (?)

Wigeon, Black-Headed Gulls and Black-Tailed Godwits

Black-Tailed Godwits over the Salt House

Black-Tailed Godwits - foraging north of the North Wall

Lapwings White Creek (south of the North Wall)

Breach Pool

Wigeon (?)

The Breach Pool

View of Church Norton from the North Wall




View across the Harbour

Great Crested Grebe on the Breach Pool

Marsh Harrier over the fields north of the Breach Pool

Herons in the heronry, North Wall

Wigeon and Curlew (in flight)

Sidlesham Quay