A Day Birding at Pagham Harbour/Church Norton

Starting off at Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve, we walked to the Ferry Pool hide, which had a single Black-Tailed Godwit and a couple of juvenile Shelduck.

We then decided to drive to the Church Norton car park. Looking over the mudflats there were quite a number of Oystercatcher, Dunlin and also a few more Black-Tailed Godwit. Walking to the severals, an area of scrub that is parallel to the sea, a female Sparrowhawk flew towards me, gliding as it went past. The previous weekend there had been a Wryneck showing well there, but other than a female Blackbird and around 3 buzzards circling there wasn't much else.

Record shot of a Sparrowhawk
Walking back towards the mudflats, I spotted a small group of Grey Plover, some still in breeding plumage. There were also some Ringed Plover, Redshank and some more Dunlin.
Record shot of a Grey Plover in breeding plumage
I then walked around the mudflats, getting closer views of the Grey Plover and Ringed Plover. 4 Wheatear were flying around as well, one of which I managed to get a photo of.

After having some lunch, we got back in the car and drove back to Pagham, where we had another walk and I spotted 7 Little Egret as well as a Grey Heron. A Chiffchaff was also flitting around the vegetation and a couple of Goldfinch were perched on some Teasel.


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