Sunday, 9 April 2017

West Sussex

A sunny day, 15°, light WSW.

A day out to the coast today and a visit to a few old birding haunts in West Sussex, places I have not been to in probably 30 years.

They were Pagham Harbour, Church Norton and Selsey Bill. First visited this area back in the late 60’s and a few day trips in the 70’s and 80’s and do not think I’ve been back since.

A beautiful sunny day and some nice walks around the Pagham Harbour RSPB reserve incl the Church Norton area and Selsey Bill.

The highlight and unexpected species of the day was finding a Firecrest in the St Wilfrid’s cemetery at Church Norton………………………….the rest was basically expected.

Species seen today: Mute Swan, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Gadwall, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Gannet, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Sanderling, Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew, Common Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Herring Gull, Great Blackback Gull, Sandwich Tern, Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Skylark, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Wren, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Reed Bunting.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock.

First 2 photos courtesy Loren. 

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