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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, December 11, 2017

Pagham Spit in December

The weather has been very mixed as of late and opportunities limited.
Here are just a few shots from last week ..... nothing exceptional but just proves that life does still exist on the spit!

Oystercatchers waiting for the tide to go out on a dull day.

...but here on a sunny morning (what a difference the sun makes)

Gull and Cormorants in a feeding frenzy at the harbour entrance.

Turnstone on the move

...and again waiting for the turn of the tide.

At least five Red Breasted Mergansers have been in the harbour for a while and spend a lot of time displaying!

A Curlew looks on...unimpressed.

A single female Goosander is currently based in the harbour mouth and although distant can be readily picked out from the female mergansers by her very clean cut white neck.
...not so obvious in this shot.

An obliging Kestrel has been recently 'hanging around' on the Spit
Well, that's just a taster for now. Must return to some serious birding soon but recently occupied by domestic activities. All change in the New Year...hopefully!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

No birds...but what a sunrise!

I couldn't resist putting these photos on the blog this morning.... sunrise over Pagham Beach with the Rampton windfarm off Lancing showing up clearly. 

Just before sunrise 7.44a.m.
7.50 a.m.

7.51 a.m.

Early morning admirers.

Add 7.55a.m.

A Magical Morning!

Monday, October 30, 2017

A fantastic morning!

A real Autumn morning....cold and crisp...excellent lighting for photography!
Firstly a brisk walk round Pagham Spit....a flock of c60 Greenfinches circling and some landing in the's half a dozen

 Also accompanied by a few Reed Buntings.

 Here's a couple of them.

Brent numbers are really picking up now but juveniles seem very scarce...all these are adults.

As I made my way to the North wall I passed the Lagoon and there, right in the middle, my first drake.Goldeneye...winter is on its way!

What a splendid bird!

At the South East corner of the harbour a whole selection of winter ducks...just feast your eyes on these magnificent drake Pintails!

...with their attendant females

...and a Drake Teal
 ...and a group of Wigeon
 ...and Shelduck!

Waders weren't in short supply either posing in the morning sunshine.
Redshank...normally quite skittish but this morning approachable!

 Curlew..on the lookout!

 ..but relaxing after a while.

Black Tailed Godwit in Whites Creek

Oystercatcher probing for his breakfast.

...and finally Red Admirals everywhere!

Pagham Harbour is difficult to beat on a morning like this!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A brief visit to the North Wall proved rather uneventful last week but a few photos below show I'm still about but birding has taken a bit of a back seat in recent weeks.
In the paddock...

Plenty of stonechats along the north Wall.
Juvenile Moorhen by the sluice gate.

Grey Heron...a familiar figure in the reedbed.

Brent Geese have been slow in arriving but small parties have been moving in since late September.

Wigeon numbers have been growing steadily although most have not adopted their full winter plumage yet....

My presence suddenly surprised this one and it made an impressive take off!
Curlew in flight

 This bird which suddenly came into sight certainly made me look twice...but it was only a Carrion Crow ( a leucistic one!)

Never mind...maybe something more exciting will turn up this never know!

Last but not least...Sunset over the harbour.