IN THIS SECTION
(Illustrations by Marion Foster)
More than 50,000 birds live in or visit the harbour each year, making Chichester Harbour an internationally important place for birds. Here are some you might see if you visit the harbour.
A large multi-coloured duck. Up to 80 pairs nest in rabbit holes or deep undergrowth near the Harbour. The young hatch in June and July and are taken to the harbour when a day old to feed and swim.
Black Headed Gull
These birds can be seen all year and up to 14,000 are in the harbour in the winter. It has a black head only in the summer, in the winter, it has a white head with a black eye spot. Sometimes these nest in the Harbour.
Large, plain white bird with yellow feet. Can be seen all year, though few in May and June.
These birds nest on the beach by scraping out a hollow in the shingle. A black and white bird with red legs and beak. It feeds on shellfish and worms.
Dark, irridescent plumage, pale underneath, with a crest on the head. These birds are mainly seen in the winter. Their call sounds like ‘peewit’.
A medium-sized brown bird with long red legs and beak. It is very noisy and nervous and can often be seen on the mud.