Haslemere Natural History Society

Providing a focus for enthusiastic naturalists of all ages

Solar Boat, West Itchenor: Bird Watching (Chichester Harbour Conservancy)

Date: 17 February 2024
Time: 10:30
Directions: GR: SU800014 PO20 7AW Directions: On A286 towards the Witterings, pass petrol station at Birdham, then 2nd exit to West Wittering. After ¼ mile turn R for Itchenor. Park & Display on L just before Ship Inn (currently £4.50 for 4 hours)
Field Meeting

Even before the 25 members went on board, seen was a Black-throated Diver, not often present in Chichester Harbour.
John Arnott and his wife Philippa helped identify species and he gave a most interesting commentary on their feeding habits and history.
Seen were: Little Grebe, Little Egret, Grey Plover, Shelduck, Redshank, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Mute Swan, Heron, Teal, Curlew, Dunlin and a Harbour Seal which surfaced close to the Boat. 
Also seen were: pairs of Great Crested Grebe and Red-breasted Merganser; a second view of the Black-throated Diver, Mediterranean Gulls and Lapwing.  Brent Geese (Dark-bellied Sub-species) were much in evidence having migrated from Arctic Russia to spend the winter in the Harbour.

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