Saturday, 2 April 2011

Pagham area (27/03/11)

The NE Hants RSPB group trip to the Pagham area. Before meeting up with everyone else I did a short seawatch from Selsey Bill. Highlights were a couple of Eider, Sandwich Tern, 2 Fulmars and a few Gannets. Met up with the group at Sidlesham Ferry. We had a long look at the ferry pool and some of the farmland and north end of the harbour before returning to the car. On the ferry pool were up to 7 Mediterranean Gulls either on the pond or loafing on its bank. 2 Red-legged Partridges were seen distantly on the grassy area but no sign of any Wheatears. A Little Ringed Plover was feeding on mud by the reed bed. A small falcon appeared briefly from the left but was lost to view behind some trees. Given the brief views I suspect it was a Merlin but can't be 100% sure. We then drove around to Church Norton but as the tide was very low there were few waders to be seen. We did see a Water Rail in a ditch by the Severals grassy area and there were at least 3 male and 1 female Wheatears on the shingle bank although they could be quite elusive. I went up to the wood to try and find Firecrest but only found Goldcrest. On the way there I saw an Adder sunning itself by a bramble bush. After lunch we went around to Pagham Lagoon where we had good views of the 2 female Scaup on the lagoon (Mum & Dad turned up so could show them as well). Finally we walked up to the North Wall but the only species of note were a few Black-tailed Godwits and a Cetti's Warbler seen briefly.

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