We reached the Ferry pool of this nature reserve, where I was thrilled to see an Avocet, center picture above, with Lapwings and different ducks. According to the RSPB, c.800 pairs of Avocets breed in the UK and over 3,000 birds can be present in winter.
He established that just along the path, where our planned route was to go, a Wryneck had been seen. There are only 5 pairs breeding in the UK, plus an average of 280 sightings a year of migrants over the last 10 years.
It was a tough decision, but having been delayed by spring tides, bird watching, mud and torrents, we took a shortcut on field paths back to the RSPB center. On the way we saw a kestrel, buzzard and sparrow hawk. Not bad for a Ramblers' walk.
See also http://www.sussexrambler.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/pagham-harbour-sidlesham-quay-to-selsey.html for more birds from 2014