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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.
News regarding the ongoing erosion problems on Pagham Beach is, from now on, shown on my new blog. Click on link Pagham Beach Blog on this page.

Friday, September 12, 2014

North Wall...yet another visit!

Another early start in search of migrants. A few warblers about along the bushes but not in any quantity....
A juvenile Whitethroat in the hawthorn...no shortage of berries this year!
....and then a Sedge Warbler on the top of a bush...
...or is it? When I saw this on the screen I had second thoughts...any thoughts anyone?
On to Macrocarpa copse where a Heron was having trouble with the local Corvidae...






He stood his ground and eventually they pushed off!

Teal....included because I like the colour of the water!
...and then on the return  5 Whinchats were showing well on the fence the other side of Breach Pool.

The highlight though was meeting Andy House who had spotted a distant WRYNECK!! Sitting quite still in a Hawthorn but highlighted by the sun...much too far away for even a record shot....but a really good bird to see! Thanks Andy (and for peering through your X60 Swarowski!)

p.s. Yesterday evening at 6.10 pm 5 Brent Geese flew over the bungalow and headed for the harbour....my first of this Autumn.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

North Wall....again!

Early start today....North Wall by 7.00am to ensure low lighting!
Yes...the Curlew Sandpipers were there.... in two parties...one of three birds and further down White's Creek, four birds.
Curlew Sandpipers in the early morning sunshine.

...all fluffed up!

Wading.
Several  Black Tailed Godwits were feeding nearby and this one obligingly stretched its wings just to show a slightly different angle for the photo.

Along the pathway besides the Breach Pool there was a small flock of Reed Buntings...here's just one, now in winter plumage.
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The resident Curlew was in the usual spot.
...and a Cormorant was drying its wings, again in his/her usual spot!



Just as I was returning, Jim Weston was starting out on his regular circular walk and pointed out a distant Kingfisher.... a good bird to finish up with.



Monday, September 8, 2014

The North Wall

An obliging male Yellow Wagtail on the walk along the North Wall enabled a photograph of a bird which is usually fairly distant in a cow field...
Yellow Wagtail on the path.



It soon flew into the reeds as walkers flushed the bird.
Another highlight was a distant  Marsh Harrier disturbing the waders in the harbour...

A Black Tailed Godwit rested in the Breech Pool keeping one eye open ...
...whilst a Little Egret fed in the shallows.....
Little Egret
Pagham Harbour always has something of interest!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Another Autumnal Morning.

More Hirundines this morning...this time not only on the telephone wires but on the roofs, Tv aerials and the protective fence on the beach....hundreds of Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows.
House Martins and Sand Martins on the aerials.


Swallows and Sand Martins on the beach fencing.
Swallow on the roof
Sand Martin and...
House Martin on Fencing.

...and then along the beach, a bush with 4 species...

 
 Linnet, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Goldfinch (Greypates)

Yellow wagtail.
 In the bushes around the Lagoon several warblers amongst them this Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff.

 An interesting morning!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Hirundine Morning

I looked out this morning and the sky was seething with House Martins, Sand Martins and Swallows. They were racing along the beach and now and again would spiral upwards and then descend on to the telephone wires pushing and shoving to find a space. Suddenly they would swarm upwards again  and then down they would come.  Amazing! A single Swift headed west along the beach...will it be my last one this year?
The photographs below really don't do justice to this amazing sight...

Harbour Road, Pagham



A few Yellow Wagtails flew along the beach, Meadow Pipits passed overhead and Wheatears were making their way along the shingle seeking out various vantage points. VizMig at its best!
One of several Wheatear on the beach.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Pulborough Brooks RSPB

A morning at Pulborough yesterday to see what was about after reports of bushes alive with migrants  a few days previously proved slightly uneventful.
However Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Sparrow Hawk and Kestrel represented the raptors and apart from Lapwings there was the fleeting glimpse of a Ruff and hundreds if not a  thousand plus Canada geese.

The highlight for me however was a male Redstart and as the sun came out briefly he showed up on a fence post near 'redstart corner'.....
Redstart...the highlight!

Wow, what a bird! Second appearance, this time with an autumn leaf complimenting his colouration. 
The only other bird of note a single Spotted Flycatcher...alas, too far away for a photo.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A real autumn morning




Its the first day of the month and it has a truly autumnal feel to it.

 
 The Swallows and Sand Martins are gathering on the wires...a sure sign of preparation for their long journey south.

Swallows



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.


Just managed a shot of one of them as it darted to and fro in the grass. Further along the track several Wheatears were bobbing along and darting to the next fence post as I walked towards them. A Whinchat perched on the 'keep dogs on a lead notice'...a real treat and there were a couple more on the way to the hide.