• 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


Avocets and Teal

Ferry Channel





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


Great Crested Grebe

Black Headed Gull


Magpie, from Robin Robin

Kestrel above the Ferry Channel saltmarshes

Sidlesham Quay

Little Egret

Canada Geese

Long-Tailed Tit




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

Canada Geese

Great Black-Backed Gulls (near Pagham Spit)

North Wall






The Breach Pool (north of North Wall)


Breach Pool (South Downs in the background)

White's Creek


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


Harbour Mouth

Pagham Spit (Bognor Regis in the background)

Brent Geese in a pool on Pagham Spit