Field Reports

Friday 8 December 2017   Chidham

Leader David hart

It was a clear sunny day but with a biting wind when 16 members,plus a dog,met in the sunken car park at Chidham. The walk of about two and half hours took us through farmland and the old village with its festive church and out to the west side of Bosham channel. Soon after leaving the car park we saw Goldcrest, Longtailed Tit, Crow, Fieldfare, and Blackheaded Gull. In the distance was a lone Roe Deer. The footpath then took us past a secluded pond on private land. Peering through the hedgerow and listening to various calls we identified Teal, Heron, Mallard, Coot, and Moorhen. Dashing away along the hedgerow was a female Sparrow Hawk and high above a Buzzard soared. Moving on past the church we had Collered Dove, Blue Tit, Robin, Great Tit, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and in their favoured conifirs another Goldcrest. In a horse paddock was a small flock of Pied Wagtails. On the journey back towards the harbour we noted Kestrel, Magpie, House Sparrow and Blackbird. At the harbour, and taking shelter below a sea wall, we took time to identify Brent Geese, Shelduck, Little Grebe, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Curlew, Pin tail, Widgeon, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Common Gull, Turnstone, Black Tailed Godwit, Herring Gull, Little Egret.. During the cold walk back to the cars we added Green Woodpecker, Skylark, Linnet to our substantial list of 42 species.
Many thanks to David Hart for his expertl  leadership and the pleasent company we walked with. May I add my best wishes for a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR to all at C.N.H.S
Jim Bagley.
Alan Carn

We were encroaching on their village!

I need a steady hand

Chidham farmland

Chichester, West Sussex

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