Church Norton

The wind wasn't quite as intense at Church Norton this afternoon as it was at Medmerry this morning, but still enough to make viewing a challenge. The sun was still out, however, and I sat myself down on the benches with my scope. It was three hours until high water, so birds were still quite distant, but there were the usual Redshank, Dunlin, Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Curlew, and there were a few Bar-tailed Godwits around today. There's a fair number of Teal about now, and a few Wigeon.

Church Norton, Pagham Harbour

Another birder said there was a Whimbrel around - seen fairly often, apparently - so I kept a look out. When I got views of it, quite close, I didn't have the problems identifying it as previously mentioned here. The bird looked smaller than a Curlew, and the bill noticeably smaller. The stripy head was also apparent, too. There was a Curlew at about the same distance, so I got a shot for a side by side photo comparison, shown below. I think the bird in the aforementioned post is the same as today's.

Whimbrel (above) and Curlew

Whimbrel

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