• Sim Elliott

RSPB Pagham Harbour: A Kingfisher & a Grey Wagtail brighten a dark winter day. 13.12.21

I caught the train from Brighton to Chichester, as usual, and took the 51 bus to outside the visitor centre of RSPB Pagham Harbour. I walked to the Ferry Pool, and then down the path north of the Ferry Chanel to Sidlesham Quay; then along the path that hugs the harbour through the mud flats up to and along the North Wall, then walked south on the east side of White Creek, following the mudflat path at the edge of the harbour to Pagham Spit (shingle). I returned to Chichester on the 600 bus from Pagham.


It was a very dark, overcast day, which made taking photographs very difficult. The photographs are in chronological order.


Bird species seen: Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long-Tailed Tits, Avocets, Redshanks, Curlew, Lapwing, Teal, Wigeon, Mallards, Shovelers, Moorhens, Coots, Little Egrets, Canada Geese, Brent Geese, a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail, Herring Gulls, Black-Headed Gulls, a Kestrel, Carrion Crows, Magpies, House Sparrows, Dunnocks, Great Crested Grebes,


On the bird feeders by the visitor's centre there was this squirrel.


Great Tits


Ferry Pool


Avocet and Teal


Teal


Avocets and Teal



Ferry Channel


Teal


Redshank


Moorhen


Redshank


Robin Robin trail poster. For details see: Robin Robin adventure trail at Pagham Harbour (rspb.org.uk)


Kingfisher on the wall of the sluice that evacuates water from the Ferry Pool into the Ferry Channel


Back at the Ferry Pool


Avocet and Shovelers


Back on the Ferry Channel


Grey Wagtail, in channel of sluice


Great Crested Grebe and Redshank


Kingfisher


Great Crested Grebe


Black Headed Gull


Redshank


Magpie, from Robin Robin


Kestrel above the Ferry Channel saltmarshes


Sidlesham Quay


Little Egret


Canada Geese


Long-Tailed Tit



Mallards


Wigeon


Lapwings



The path through the top of the saltmarsh to the North Wall





Canada Geese




Great Black-Backed Gulls (near Pagham Spit)








North Wall


Teal


Wigeon



Shelduck


Teal


Lapwing


The Breach Pool (north of North Wall)


Curlew


Breach Pool (South Downs in the background)


White's Creek


Curlew


Teal, Wigeon and Lapwing, White Creek (looking south to Church Norton)


Reeds along the Saltmarsh path to Pagham Spit


The remnants of a grove of trees.



Brent Geese (Church Norton on opposite bank)


Brent Geese


Brent Geese


Harbour Mouth/Pagham Spit


Teal


Harbour Mouth


Pagham Spit (Bognor Regis in the background)


Brent Geese in a pool on Pagham Spit



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