Saturday, 19 March 2011


We headed over to Pagham harbour hoping for some migrants.

When we arrived at the north wall at 7:30 noted  1 cettis warbler which gave breif but good veiws.
there was a small number of wigean on the breech pool along with 2 male pintails also 1 snipe but no sign of the reported little ringed plover, a pair of reed buntings were in the reed beds, also sitting out in the open on a fence post at the back of the pool was a superb peregine which was soon seen of by a buzzard .
i then heard a familier nosie from behind me and saw 2 mediterranean gull flying over head.other birds seen on the breach pool were 2 redshanks, teal, 1 black-tailed godwit , gadwall, 2 more singing cettis,1 porchard, and a few curlew .

We then headed to Pagham spit hoping for Wheatears or maybe our first Hirundine of the year, But there was no luck but we did see
2 female Scaup on the lagoon along with 2 male Red breasted merganser, and a few Golden eye.
In the harbour along the mud we saw some close Knot with grey plover and dunlin black tailed godwit , and amongst the gulls were common and med gulls there was still a good number of brent geese about.
on the spit there was 1 ringed plover a few turnstones and a small flock of linnets .from the hide we saw 7 more red breasted mergansers 2 male and 5 female ,and  5 bar tailed godwits .
on the walk back to the north wall we saw a lovely singing reed bunting and are first singing chiffchaff of the year don't you just love the sounds of spring . also a flock of greenfinches,

back at the north wall there was still nothing of interest .but we decided to walked out into the back field were there is a flood pacth in the feild were we have seen a few waders before and we noted , lapwing,  redshank, 10 black t godwits , but the best of all was there small wader moving along the muddy edge are first LRP of the year and are earliest sighting of one, it showed well in the scopes but the photos dad took were no good because of heat haze, we also saw 1 green woodpecker a kestral and 1 more chiffchaff, after a good day of birding we headed home.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a very pleasent day out , well done seeing the LRP , and as you say its always great seeing and hearing the first spring migrants of the year , well writtern post.



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