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Autumn at Pagham

It was a fantastic day guiding Joss and Paul around Pagham Harbour for their custom Sussex Birding Mini-Trip. We managed to find 78 species and really enjoyed introducing the two of them to this unrivalled birding area in Sussex.

Starting at the North Wall, we enjoyed waders such as a Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit and Snipe, while a couple of Kingfishers gave us the run-around! White's Creek was full of Pintail, Wigeon and Teal, and migration overhead was busy, with Grey Wagtails, hundreds of Swallows and a trickle of Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings going through.

Black-tailed Godwit

We watched a Cattle Egret feeding with a herd of cows, one of the Little Egrets perform an interesting 'bill-vibrating' feeding behaviour and a Grey Heron down an eel! A Peregrine caused havoc among the Grey Plovers in the harbour, while Water Rails squeeled from the reeds, out of sight near some diving Little Grebes. We watched a flock of Long-tailed Tits, plus a couple of Reed Warblers and several Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs.

Little Egret 'bill-vibrating'
Grey Heron tackling an eel
Little Grebe

Church Norton added Turnstone and Whimbrel to our day list out in the harbour, with the churchyard adding two Spotted Flycatchers, a Mistle Thrush and a Goldcrest, plus nice views of Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Grey Plovers
Spotted Flycatcher
Mistle Thrush
Great Spotted Woodpecker

A look at the Ferry Pool and the adjacent channel finished the session off nicely, with three Spotted Redshanks, the summering Dark-bellied Brent Goose and an Avocet. We managed to get lovely views through the 'scope of a male Kestrel hovering and enjoyed the Greenfinches and Chaffinches bathing by the feeders.

Greenfinch and Chaffinch bathing
Enjoying the view at the Ferry Pool

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