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Pagham Birder: The Blog

A 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.
Any news of interest regarding the ongoing erosion problems on Pagham Beach will, from now on, be shown on my other blog together with general beach photos.. Click on the link... Pagham Beach Blog on this page.

Monday, April 27, 2015

A 'first' for Pagham Spit (for me!)

Having watched Pagham Spit for 30 years it always amazes me that something different can turn up...not neccessarily a rarity, but unusual for this beach.  Red Legged Partridges always seem incongruous on the beach but this morning a covey of Grey Partridges! As I was walking back from the hide two birds appeared on the path by the lone apple tree and I assumed they were Red Legs but no, they were Grey Partidges! As ever, not ready with the camera, but nevertheless a couple of very long distance, heavily cropped shots as proof!



A Willow Warbler was feeding up on the apple tree (a magnet for migrants) and afforded a couple of shots in the sunshine.
Willow Warbler
 A Whimbrel was feeding out on the saltings but as predicted in the previous blog the Ringed Plover that was sitting on a nest just in front of the hide was gone! Great shame!

Friday, April 24, 2015

On the Spit again.

A wander round the Spit was somewhat uneventful but the Ringed Plover I discovered sitting on a nest last evening was still there this morning....
 It is in a very vulnerable position and I estimate its chance of being successful is nil, knowing the disturbance it is likely to endure.

Little else was on the spit but here are a few photos of 'the usuals'...

Female Blackbird
Blackbird in typical 'listening' or is it 'watching' mode?
Definitely 'watching'!
Nice to see the Linnets now in resplendent summer plumage


Male Greenfinch feeding on seed heads.
A hovercraft was skimming over the mudflats stopping from time to time to take samples...presumably the EA.

In the evening a Cuckoo was calling from a bush on Pagham Spit...my first this year and a real sound of Spring!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Another visit to Pulborough Brooks

The purpose of this visit was to capture the definitive photo of a Nightingale....alert, rusty tail cocked, showing really well with of course good lighting, perfect exposure and crisp focus! They were singing lustily but most of the time high up and hidden in shrubbery. After a couple hours more birdwatchers arrived and I departed. A few photos but still not that 'perfect' one!


Nightingale in full flow.

The Little Ringed Plovers were still showing from the West Meads Hide and a distant Green Sandpiper was only identifiable with a 'scope...

 A bit distant!!
..actually  initially identified as it called in flight.
Shelducks on the move.

Not a perfect photo of a Wren with the out of focus twigs and branches spoiling it but nevertheless shows this diminutive creature in typical skulking or scuttling pose!
Several Chifchaffs were present some building nests

...and this Linnet was building a nest in the gorse immediately outside the door of the centre.
Quite a beakful!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Nightingales at Pulborough Brooks

An early start to the day at Pulborough Brooks...

A  selection of photos of this Nightingale which proved fairly accomodating






This is a species which is often tricky to photograph so when you find a friendly one you can't resist taking dozens of shots!
Blue Tit...often overlookedas it is 'common'!

...and a Little Ringed Plover at West Mead Hide



Pagham Harbour....Church Norton

An early morning visit to the Ferry proved disapponting as I had hoped the Black Winged Stilt would still be present...it was not to be.
So, a visit to Chuch Norton to see what was around. First up, Andrew House  of  Selsey Blogger fame! ( joint editor) We watched a Chiffchaff gathering nesting material....frantically, in the car park.

The Churcyard held plenty of Chiffs and a few Blackcaps as well as dunnocks displaying madly.

Often known as 'shufflewings' and you can see why when they are in display mode!
Little in the harbour apart from Shelducks and calling Greenshanks and a pair of Teal on a mudbank...

The Severals were pretty devoid of birds apart from a few Cettis Warblers shouting their heads off.As I made my way back across the fields to the farmstead a Whitethroat showed itself beautifully ensbling some decent photo opportunities..

Whitethroat

..and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was looking for grubs in an old branch high up in a tree.


As I returned I was surprised to see a Clouded Yellow...surely, early for this species?
...a very pleasant couple of hours!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Suffolk...a three day break!


Suffolk never disappoints....just some of the species seen and photographed during a brief visit last week.

 Firstly a visit to Minsmere.....

Avocet

Gadwall
Black Tailed Godwits....agression?

Black Tailed Godwit






Sandwich Terns



Redshank...head on!

Bearded Tits

Snipe
...and then up to Dunwich Heath to capture my REAL quarry!
Dartford Warblers



...not easy but at least the first shot of the series was acceptable.

Just for the record a few other shots.....
Collared Doves have discovered that satellite dishes make good platforms as nest sites.

Harris Hawk....North Warren RSPB

A crop of the above shot.

It has become a menace to the resident marsh Harrier repeatedly harrassing it.
Three days was NOT long enough!!