No doubt due to the dire weather forecast only three members set off from the visitor centre at Pagham. The objective was simple - to avoid getting wet. So the plan was to head straight for the Ferry Pool hide, then retreat by car to Church Norton and continue watching from the hide there. The reward was birdwatching in the dry throughout the day!
Ferry Pool and the adjacent area provided 20 or so black-tailed godwits, three snipe, one greenshank, numerous lapwings, wigeon and teal, a little egret and a funky 'Australian shelduck cross type' duck (as identified by the volunteer at the visitor centre). There were also five normal shelducks present in various plumage states. The star turn was a spotted redshank in company of two common redshanks allowing study of the id differences at leisure.
Church Norton yielded curlews and a whimbrel at close quarters, again permitting observation of each diagnostic feature distinguishing these species. Sandwich terns flew over giving their grating call and a flock of grey plovers dropped in. In a puddle by the public footpath signs goldcrests, blackcaps and chiffchaffs dropped down to have a wash and brush up. Other hedgerow birds for the day included robin, wren, goldfinch, sparrow and blackbird.
An early lunch in the hide was followed by a walk along the Severals and some sea watching. There were seen a wheatear along the sea wall, linnets and then a buzzard over the Priory.
A day that rewarded perseverance.