Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Pagham Area (15/08/10)

First stop was Selsey Bill which didn't reveal much although the weather looked like it should.

Best birds were a Fulmar, an Eider (148) swimming offshore and a finally a Black Tern heading east.

Next, it was over to Sidlesham Ferry to meet up with the NE Hants RSPB Group. We spent a couple of hours wandering around the visitor centre. On the pool were 2 Ruff (149), a Little Ringed Plover and quite a few tool. In the distance, behind the pool were a Wheatear (150) and a couple of Buzzards. A Greenshank dropped in very briefly before flying off north.

Walking towards Church Norton we stopped to look over some setaside which contained lots of Greenfinches, a few Goldfinches and Linnets, as well as a Whitethroat, a juvenile Skylark and best of all a couple of Corn Buntings.

We then returned back to the visitor centre seeing a Common Sandpiper near to the sluice and a Wasp Spider in grass near the side of the road.

We then headed to Church Norton and walked around to the hide and back through the cemetery. We then had lunch and did some more birding over the harbour and then walked towards the Severals where I left the group and drove to Mum and Dad's.

The only other species of note in the harbour were a Knot, a Bar-tailed Godwit (151) and a Whimbrel (152).

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