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Coach Trip to RSPB Pagham Harbour (Joint Trip with RSPB Stevenage Local Group).

Coach Trip to RSPB Pagham Harbour (Joint Trip with RSPB Stevenage Local Group).
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Sunday, 14 April 2019

An almost full coach of RSPB Hitchin and Letchworth and RSPB Stevenage Local Group members descended on Pagham Harbour in West Sussex on the Sunday before Easter. We were joined there by another Hertfordshire Local Group, resulting in a total of 95 Hertfordshire RSPB Local Group members roaming the footpath between the Pagham Harbour visitor centre and Church Norton! On the day and in the preceding week cool easterly winds had held up bird migration into the country, with warblers being in short supply on the reserve. However, in the sunshine reed, sedge and willow warblers were all encountered by some and plenty of chiffchaffs and blackcaps were seen around the reserve. Wheatears were noticeably absent: even more surprisingly, we didn't see any geese throughout the day! Nevertheless, we did find an excellent selection of waders including a recently arrived little ringed plover and passage common sandpiper and whimbrel (image). A spotted redshank coming into breeding plumage was an excellent find. Other species of note included red-breasted mergansers, a Mediterranean gull and yellow wagtail. The cool wind kept the insect count well down, but we did see red- and white-tailed bumble bees, brown hares and a seal (species unknown) in the sea. Despite the wind an excellent 83 bird species were seen on the day.