The Swallows and Sand Martins are gathering on the wires...a sure sign of preparation for their long journey south.
Pagham Birder: The BlogA regular account of the birds seen mainly on and around Pagham Spit, the Lagoon and the North Wall plus other birding exploits from time to time.
|Sand Martins looking down at me from the telephone wire.|
As I watched them I suddenly heard the flight calls of Yellow Wagtails and 5 birds suddenly dropped out of the sky and started feeding on the shingle....but almost lost to sight by the long grass.
|Is this the way to Selsey?|
|All the best Alex!|
|The gruesome remains of a previous victim|
|...but they can look very placid. The other parent (out of the picture) was hammering away at the intruder further up the bank.This is the only photo I took as it was more important that action was be taken. Catching the swan with a blanket and struggling over the fence with it would have made an interesting video. Fortunately nobody else was around!|
|The rescued bird back in the harbour.|
|Black Headed Gulls|
|Redshanks and an Oystercatcher.... I heard a Spotted Redshank but failed to see it!|
|Willow Warbler in the reed bed.|
|A Curlew was feeding close to the wall and a Cormorant flew over.|
|Cormorant in flight|
|Very distant but no doubting it is a Yellow Wag!|
|Meanwhile on the pool a couple of Black Tailed Godwits were having a real 'go' at each other!|
|One of several Linnets|
|Turnstone on the Little Lagoon|
|Whitethroat...in the apple tree.|
|Preparing for the kill!|
|Curlew enjoying a splash|
|Job done and he was away!|
|One of the Wheatears on a 'dog bin'|
|Preparing for a bathe.|
|A big splash!|
|A handsome individual still retaining most of his summer plumage.|
Nevertheless, although quiet on the bird front it was a perfect morning to be out and about early...not a breath of wind, warm sun...perfection!