Brent Geese at Pagham

My plans for today went for a burton after my friend’s daughter became ill.

What to do?

Firstly I had to ferret about in the garage for a plastic Christmas Tree for my grandchildren.

My eldest son has caught Covid and the whole family (and a guest) are in isolation.

A bit of festive fun was a good morale boost for all three children, and I bought the grown ups some goodies so they wouldn’t feel left out.

Then it was off to WWT Arundel, where I saw my first Water rail in absolutely plus my first Fieldfares of the season.

Once I’d “done” all the hides I decided that today was THE DAY when I would finally get back to Pagham Harbour.

The last time I was in Pagham I was about 24 years old, and joined a whole crowd of people on a weekend getaway.

I always remember it as it was the first time I saw Yellow Wagtails.

It seems almost criminal that I’ve never been back.

The weather on the coast today has been “Brassic” but within moments I was watching Avocets, Lapwings, Wigeon, Teal, Redshank and having a genuinely good time.

Forty Five species today including hundreds of Brent Geese, plus a last minute showing of Black Tailed Godwits and Golden Plover.

That was a very satisfactory day out, although when I got back I was sorry to hear my sister has also tested positive for Covid!

Be careful.

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