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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.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

That was the week...that was.


The week started  with a brief visit To Arundel WWT one morning on the way back from an appointment in Worthing
Kingfisher...waiting to 'pounce'


Distant Peregrine resting in the Hanger (terrible pic...huge crop)


I don't generally include captive birds but this shot of a sleepy Bewicks Swan caught my eye!
Bewicks swan

Later on,  a visit to the North Wall revealed a single Golden Plover ...unusual for this species ( in the winter there will be 600+ out in the harbour)






During the day I came across a pair of Harlequins


Friday morning.............

Pagham seafront ....looking out to sea just after sunrise

Just after sunrise from Pagham Spit looking towards the North Wall

Another visit to North Wall....
Heron fishing by the sluice

Greenshank...Whites Creek.

Along the rife from Breech Pool on Friday morning
Dabchick or Little Grebe

Such cute birds.

...with attractive rear ends!

...and very photogenic in the right setting.


Gazing at herself in the mirror!

A farewell glance back before a final dive...they spend a disproportionate time under water so photographers have to be quick!


The cattle were grazing in front of Honer Farm with the usual attendant Yellow Wagtails (at this time of year)


Yellow Wagtail.




On Saturday  as I paid a quick  visit to the North Wall  to check for a Wryneck that I missed yesterday, an Osprey was being mobbed by the local Corvids....very distant and a huge crop.



A Curlew was having a wash and brush up and I was able to 'snap' him just as he completed his morning ablutions!






By the way ...no sign of the elusive Wryneck!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hot September Days in Suffolk....unusually hot (30c !!)

A few days in Suffolk in extremely hot conditions made birding hard work and very difficult! A few record shots of the more usual species to be encountered but nothing exceptional.

Bittern from The Bittern Hide, Minsmere...a distant record shot.

Snipe ...just in front of East Scrape Hide, Minsmere.

Black Tailed Godwit.

Pied Wagtail.

A Wren sunbathing in the heat at Minsmere.

A Magpie  ejecting a pellet.

A Lesser Whitethroat skulking in the undergrowth.

An Egyptian Goose on The Meare in Thorpeness

Another Snipe!

Only one Avocet at Minsmere!
Slightly more unusual...a single Golden Plover on the reserve. 

Ruff....little wonder they are sometimes difficult to identify, when in this plumage.



A grab shot of a fast moving Water Rail in fading evening light.

Spotted Redshanks in winter plumage.

Yet another Snipe....very photographic waders!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The North Wall ...again!


Its that time of year when anything can turn up....but as I missed the recent Glossy Ibis, Curlew Sandpipers and the Wryneck at Church Norton I thought another wander along to the Breech Pools might be productive.
Little Egret in early morning light on the Lagoon.



Collared Doves along the tide line.



Oystercatcher on the shore line.


Wheatear on a post...allowing close approach.


Whimbrel on the mud.


A party of three Spotted Redshanks in Whites Creek.


A Black Tailed Godwit feeding just below the wall...on the harbour side.

 ...and then it was Yellow Wag fest. time!!! They were everywhere....250 +. An amazing site as they flew up in a cloud and then dived back down again, some straight amongst the cattle but others
perching in the bushes.










Last but not least a Common Sandpiper searching for crabs by the sluice. Having found one he would run down to the water and wash it and return for another.





No rarities but a pleasant couple of hours.

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...and here's a few pics from earlier in the week


Wheatear on the Spit

Reed Bunting early one morning 


Bedraggled Whitethroat...there have been many about this week...feeding up before the long journey south.
A Black Swan on the Lagoon has been around for a couple of weeks.

Canada Goose over the Lagoon


 More Whimbrel.




A couple of well known birders on the 'hunt' on the North Wall


That's about it for now!