Field Reports

Tuesday 5 February 2019   Pagham North Walls    Leader John Kelsall

On a cloudy, dull morning 12 members and friends joined John Kelsall for a walk around Pagham North Walls and adjoining harbourside.
As we gathered we saw blue, great and long tailed tits together with magpie and the inevitable woodpigeon. A robin gave us a close inspection and  a burst of song as we walked down the track to the pony field. In the pony field were song thrushes, blackbirds and moorhens and a flock of goldfinches flew over. A snipe also made a quick dash overhead.
On reaching the sluice the harbour appeared with an incoming tide. Large flocks of lapwing were around with wigeon, redshank, mallard, black tailed godwit amongst them. In the distance were spotted pintail, brent geese and little grebe. The main sounds were coming from the lapwing flock with the occasional whistle of wigeon and the call of brent.
The Breech pool was almost deserted except for a small flock of tufted duck and a few wigeon.
By this time the cold wind had increased so a return to the shelter of the trees was called for and as we walked back the lapwing flocks took off, gave us a flying display and settled back down again. They were joined by a small flock of golden plover.
Heading down the fields we had a solitary collared dove sharing a line with woodpigeons and when we reached the harbour we found shelduck and closer views of pintail.
Further down we had a roosting flock of lapwings with a single grey plover and a few dunlin. This gave us a chance to notice the difference in size of the birds. The adjoining hedge was twittering with house sparrows.
The lagoon was the furthest reach of our walk where we added coot, mediterranean gulls, common gulls and better views of little grebe
Our final sighting was a pair of red-breasted merganser way out on the harbour water.
The final total was 34 species seen on a friendly, sociable walk
John Kelsall

Song thrush

Lone brent goose


Shelduck and pintail

Grey plover , lapwing and (just) dunlin

It was a grey day

Chichester, West Sussex

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