Trip reports

Visit to Pagham Harbour

Visit to Pagham Harbour
Medmerry and the distant Isle of Wight [Photo: Peter Berrill]

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Several red kites were spotted from the A34 around the Oxford area before a coffee break at Cheively Services. Clear skies as we swept past 'Downton Abbey' and we soon enjoyed a grand view across Portsmouth and the Naval Dockyard from the M27.

We were greeted at Pagham Visitor Centre by warden Tim Calloway and his staff and advised of the various routes to undertake.

First stop was the hide overlooking Ferry Pool where we saw brent goose, shelduck, shoveler, lapwing, curlew, greenshank and snipe. Here the group split with the majority heading for the harbour and the rest towards Medmerry.

After a couple of wrong turns, the second disturbing four roe deer which bounded past us, we finally made our way across the open farmland picking out three stonechat and eventually to Ham Viewpoint and lunch. Unfortunately there was not much to see. The high tide was just starting to breach the sea defences and through the scope we could just make out the Needles on the Isle of Wight across the Solent.

Retracing our steps we encountered more of our group but when told of our little egret and meadow pipit sightings decided to accompany us back to the Centre.

We stopped for a while at the nearby sewage works and the group found a calling chiffchaff and a Siberian chiffchaff. Many pied wagtail fed on the filter beds and a flock of several hundred starling swarmed around.

After a brief stop at the Centre several of us still with some energy left popped along to Pagham Harbour to see large flock of both shelduck and avocet.

The group ended another good day out, managing 87 bird species in total.

Peter and Lesley Berrill