Field Reports

Tuesday 20 February     Pagham North Walls

Leader John Kelsall


On a cloudy winter morning 13 members and 3 prospective members joined John Kelsall and Candy for a walk around Pagham North Walls and down to the lagoon.
There are always a few birds spotted as the cars are parked and everybody dons their cold and mud deterrent gear. We saw kestrel, woodpigeon, magpie, blue and great tits, chaffinch and robin amongst the trees and hedges.
As we moved down the track to North Wall we admired early daffodils and clumps of snowdrops, and heard a greenfinch before the view of the harbour opened up before us. We quickly added wigeon, teal, redshank, grey and golden plover, lots of brent geese, black-tailed godwit and swans while behind us in the fields were roe deer. There was also plenty of lapwing around the mud banks with dunlins for company.
The Breech pool added tufted duck, mallard, grey heron and coot together with teal in all their springtime glory.
As we moved back to sluice a little grebe almost swam under the grating at our feet and could even be seen underwater. A last scan as we left there added curlew, heron and pintail.
We then moved back to the field near the cars and the hedgerow had house sparrows, blue and great tits, goldfinch, long tailed tits and collared doves to quickly add to the list. The kestrel also did a flypast.
Moving down the harbour we found an opening giving us good views  and had more views of the brent geese and then had even better views of a spotted redshank dashing about in the water. The brent geese suddenly decided to take of so we had a great sight of a huge flock of them swinging past us and all talking to one another.
We reached the lagoon and added a small flock of pochard before deciding to get out of the wind and retrace our steps to the cars
A total of 40 species were seen on a very pleasant sociable walk.
John Kelsall

Lots of brent geese


      Black-tailed godwits

       Tufted duck and pochard

Chichester, West Sussex

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