Trip reports

Reserve Visit: RSPB Pagham and Church Norton

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 30 September 2017

On a slightly grey and dismal looking day, 19 birders set off for RSPB Pagham with great interest as to what awaited us. There seemed to be an equal measure of interest in what the birdlife would offer us, but also, after many years for some of us visiting Pagham, what the new toilet facilities would be like! We were delighted with both and look forward to our next visit, perhaps next year, when the new visitor centre will have its official opening.

Neil Greenaway, ably assisted by Phil Luffingham proved excellent bird guides as always and between the Pagham site and Church Norton we managed to see a goodly number of species. This despite, at one stage of our walk round, having the forecasted rain overhead and large muddy puddles under our feet that had to be carefully negotiated.

The birds seen during our walk round the reserve were great spotted woodpecker, skylark, swallow, pied wagtail, dunnock, wren, robin, blackbird, stonechat, wheatear, chiffchaff, blackcap, goldcrest, long tailed, blue and great tits, starling, house sparrow, jay, magpie, crow, rook, jackdaw, chaffinch, goldfinch, linnet, dunlin, turnstone, redshank, black tailed godwit, grey plover, snipe, black headed, Mediterranean, herring, lesser black backed and great black backed gulls, Sandwich tern, wood pigeon, stock dove, kingfisher, green woodpecker, great crested grebe, mute swan, cormorant, heron, little egret, spoonbill, Egyptian goose, shelduck, wigeon, mallard, teal, kestrel, buzzard, peregrine falcon, pheasant, red legged partridge, coot, moorhen, avocet, oystercatcher (pictured), lapwing and curlew.

I think I am right in saying that the standout bird of the day was the Spoonbill. We were fortunate to get absolutely excellent views of the bird sitting on an island, not too far away. It was a good way to round off our visit to Pagham and I hope the RSPB members who joined us for the first time were equally pleased and I look forward to welcoming them on future trips.