The Selsey Peninsula Bird Checklist


The Selsey Peninsula Recording Area.
The whole of the pale area shown above is our recording area, extending from Selsey Bill northwards to the A27 Chichester by-pass. Note that the Chichester gravel pits area also just includes the Drayton and Westhampnett pits to the north-east (top right).



Pagham Harbour & Medmerry 
(Reproduced from 'A Birdwatcher's Guide to Pagham Harbour, Medmerry and Selsey Bill)


THE SELSEY PENINSULA BIRD CHECKLIST 

The updated Selsey Peninsula Bird Checklist follows and currently stands at 340* species; note that in the case of rare and scarce species this relates only to records officially accepted by the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) or Sussex Ornithological Society Records Committee (SOSRC) as appropriate and regrettably unsubmitted or unconfirmed records cannot be used. This is important to maintain the credibility of the List for future researchers. Several subspecies, such as Black Brant, are not included in the list (although they are potential future splits or are already considered full species by some authorities), nor are they included in the overall total, which relates only to the official British Ornithologists' Union (BOU) list of species - per their categories A,B and C, as recently amended to include the recommendations of the International Ornithological Congress (IOC).** 
Feral species are generally excluded, thus a record of 14 Snow Geese in early 1983 has sadly had to be omitted. One species however - Ruddy Shelduck - is included: although most modern records are harshly and probably unfairly deemed by the authorities to refer to escapes and ferals, there are also two historic records, from 1890 and 1892, of birds shot at Selsey, part of a genuine irruption, so the species surely has a valid claim to be included in any case.
As will be seen in the list, there are also two other species that are included on the basis of historic records only, both of these being considered valid. 
{*subject to acceptance of Elegant Tern (2017) and American Royal Tern (2018).} 
(**Note that Hudsonian Whimbrel is now demoted to sub-species status only, per IOC).



Selsey Bill (2012)
(Reproduced by kind permission of 'Chichester Observer')





SPECIES (Details of dates/other notes shown for once-only records)
Mute Swan
Bewick's Swan
Whooper Swan
Bean Goose
Pink-footed Goose
White-fronted Goose
Greylag Goose
Canada Goose
Barnacle Goose
Brent Goose
Red-breasted Goose
Egyptian Goose
Ruddy Shelduck
Shelduck
Mandarin Duck
Wigeon
American Wigeon (Pagham Hbr various locations, 10/1996-2/1977)
Gadwall
Teal
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Pintail
Garganey
Blue-winged Teal  ( Pagham Hbr Church Norton, 5/1995)
Shoveler
Red-crested Pochard
Pochard
Ring-necked Duck (Chi GPs, 12/1982)
Ferruginous Duck
Tufted Duck
Scaup
Eider
Long-tailed Duck
Common Scoter
Velvet Scoter
Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser (Pagham Hbr North Wall, 11/2012)
Smew
Red-breasted Merganser
Goosander
Ruddy Duck
Red-legged Partridge
Grey Partridge
Quail
Pheasant
Red-throated Diver
Black-throated Diver
Great Northern Diver
White-billed Diver
Fulmar
Cory's Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
Storm Petrel
Leach's Storm Petrel
Little Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Slavonian Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Black Stork
White Stork
Glossy Ibis
Spoonbill
Bittern
Little Bittern
Night Heron
Squacco Heron (Pagham Hbr West side ditches, 6/1995)
Cattle Egret
Grey Heron
Purple Heron
Great White Egret
Little Egret
Gannet
Shag
Cormorant
Honey Buzzard
Black Kite
Red Kite
White-tailed Eagle (Selsey Bill, 7/1962)
Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier
Montagu's Harrier
Goshawk
Sparrowhawk
Common Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard (Chi Hbr & Fishbourne area, large County influx, 10/1974)  
Osprey
Kestrel
Red-footed Falcon
Merlin
Hobby
Peregrine Falcon
Water Rail
Spotted Crake
Sora Rail (Pagham Lagoon, 10-12/1983)
Corncrake
Moorhen
Coot
Common Crane
Little Bustard (Historic record only; one shot in a turnip field, Pagham,  11/1901)
Oystercatcher
Black-winged Stilt
Avocet
Stone Curlew
Collared Pratincole
Oriental Pratincole (Pagham Hbr North Wall, 5/2009)
Black-winged Pratincole (Pagham Hbr Ferry Pool, 10/1981)
Little Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Killdeer (Sidlesham Sewage farm area. 3/1974)
Kentish Plover
Lesser Sand Plover (Pagham Hbr Church Norton 8/1997 - 2nd record for Britain)
Greater Sand Plover (Pagham Hbr West side  12/1978 - 1st record for Britain)
Dotterel
American Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Lapwing
Knot
Sanderling
Semi-palmated Sandpiper (Chi GPs, 9/1998)
Little Stint
Temminck's Stint
Least Sandpiper (Pagham Hbr Ferry Pool, 7/1995)
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper  ( Pagham Hbr Ferry Pool, 10/1996)
Pectoral Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin
Broad-billed Sandpiper
(Pagham Hbr Ferry Pool, 5/1993)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Ruff
Jack Snipe
Snipe
Great Snipe (Pagham Lagoon, 11/1964)
Long-billed Dowitcher
Woodcock
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Whimbrel
Curlew
Upland Sandpiper (Bracklesham, 12/1979)
Terek Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Spotted Redshank
Greenshank
Lesser Yellowlegs
Marsh Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Redshank
Turnstone
Wilson's Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Pomarine Skua
Arctic Skua
Long-tailed Skua
Great Skua
Sabine's Gull
Kittiwake
Bonaparte's Gull (Pagham Lagoon, 3/2002)
Black headed Gull
Little Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Common Gull
Ring-billed Gull (Chi GPs, 12/2001)
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Caspian Gull (Pagham Hbr East side, 8/2004)
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Greater Black-backed Gull
Little Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
(American) Royal Tern (Pagham Hbr Church Norton, 6/2018)
Elegant Tern (Pagham Hbr Church Norton, 6/2017)
Whiskered Tern
Black Tern
White-winged Black Tern
Sandwich Tern
Common Tern
Roseate Tern
Arctic Tern
Guillemot
Razorbill
Black Guillemot
Little Auk
Puffin
Pallas's Sandgrouse (Historic record only; one died at Itchenor during influx 2/1889)
Rock Dove
Stock Dove
Wood Pigeon
Collared Dove
Turtle Dove
Ring-necked Parakeet
Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Little Owl
Tawny Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Nightjar
Alpine Swift
Common Swift
Kingfisher
Beeeater
Hoopoe
Wryneck
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Isabelline Shrike (Pagham Hbr West side, 3/1975)
Red-backed Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Great Grey Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike
Golden Oriole
Magpie
Jay
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Hooded Crow
Raven
Waxwing
Penduline Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Willow Tit
Marsh Tit
Bearded Tit
Short-toed Lark
Woodlark
Skylark
Shorelark
Sand Martin
Barn Swallow
House Martin
Red-rumped Swallow
Cliff Swallow (Pagham Hbr, Severals Church Norton, 10/1996)
Cetti's Warbler
Long-tailed Tit
Pallas's Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Radde's Warbler
Dusky Warbler (Chi GPs, 1/2015)
Western Bonelli's Warbler (Pagham Hbr Church Norton, 4/2013)
Wood Warbler
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Aquatic Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Paddyfield Warbler (Pagham Hbr North Wall, 1-3/2012)
Marsh Warbler
Reed Warbler
Great Reed Warbler
Booted Warbler (Pagham Hbr Long Pool,  9/1996)
Icterine Warbler
Melodious Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Savi's Warbler
Blackcap
Garden Warbler
Barred Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Whitethroat
Dartford Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
Goldcrest
Firecrest
Wren
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
Ring Ouzel
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Song Thrush
Redwing
Mistle Thrush
Spotted Flycatcher
Robin
Nightingale
Bluethroat
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Collared Flycatcher (Pagham Hbr Church Norton, 6/2002)
Pied Flycatcher
Black Redstart
Redstart
Whinchat
Siberian Stonechat (Selsey Bill, 10/1994)
Stonechat
Northern Wheatear
Desert Wheatear
Dunnock
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Yellow Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Richard's Pipit
Tawny Pipit
Tree Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Red-throated Pipit (Pagham Hbr Church Norton, 10/1997)
Rock Pipit
Water Pipit
Chaffinch
Brambling
Serin
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Linnet
Twite
Lesser Redpoll
Mealy Redpoll
Common Crossbill
Trumpeter Finch (Pagham Hbr Church Norton, 5/1984)
Common Rosefinch
Bullfinch
Hawfinch
Snow Bunting
Lapland Bunting
Yellowhammer
Cirl Bunting
Ortolan Bunting
Little Bunting (Sidlesham Village, 3/1996)
Reed Bunting
Black-headed Bunting (Sidlesham Common, 7/2003)
Corn Bunting

TOTAL SPECIES = 340  (as at 1/7/2018)



Aerial View of Pagham Harbour 2016
(Chris Janman)




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