Friday 29 September
It was gone 1 o'clock when we arrived at nearby RSPB Pagham Harbour reserve so first time for our picnic as we watched House Sparrows, Blue and Great Tits along with a Woodpigeon making use of the feeders.
|The now flooded harbour channel at RSPB Pagham Harbour
Time to head off to the Ferry Hide where we found that the pool held a number of birds but not as many as last Saturday morning. Still clear weather but now a stiff breeze blowing in through the open windows in front of us. Off to the far right a Little Egret with another half-way down the right-hand side of the water and a third at the far back left. On the water immediately on front of us a lone male Shoveler and further back a number of Teal. to the left of the Teal a small flock of Lapwing and a score or more Black-tailed Godwits. Needless to say there were a number of Black-headed and three Herring Gulls on the water.
|Juvenile Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Behind us at the feeders, a regular supply of both Blue and Great Tits along with very many Greenfinch and Chaffinch plus a quintet of Goldfinches. Certainly no shortage of House Sparrows and then a Chiffchaff came to feed on the weeded pond cover plus a single Robin.
|Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
Back at the water and checking the adjacent fields we found plenty of Carrion Crows and Rooks plus Woodpigeon and a resting Buzzard on a distant post. Finally, we found a couple of Jackdaw and then a handful of Rock Doves. meanwhile, a lone Shelduck had revealed itself on the water plus we also note a couple of Mallard.
Leaving the hide we made a quick walk to the nearby harbour channel where we found a pair of Mute Swans with their three well-grown cygnets. A couple of Moorhen then crossed the water as we returned to the hide and then on back towards the car park in readiness for our return drive.
|The Mute Swan Cygnus olor family
Mute Swan, Shelduck, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Little Egret, Buzzard, Moorhen, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Rock Dove, Woodpigeon, Barn Swallow, Robin, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|Mute Swan Cygnus olor