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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.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Suffolk Scene

The past week has been spent in Suffolk for a 'family' holiday with birding as an additional extra!
However the weather was far from ideal apart from one day, but even then birds were scarce
Regular visits to Minsmere proved slightly disappointing but the highlight was a Citrine Wagtail but even this bird was very distant although showing regularly from West Hide...here are a couple of highly cropped shots....
First winter male Citrine Wagtail


Most of the regular species were noted with brief encounters with Bittern (but no photo!) and Marsh Harrier. There were plenty of Hobbys but again, just out of range!
Marsh Harrier

All the  waders usually quite close to the East Scrape hide were too distant for any decent photos on this occasion . A few teal were feeding within range but that was about it!
Teal

A Stonechat was present in the dunes...



On our last but one day there had been a good fall of warblers overnight  in the bushes outside our s/c bungalow but nothing unusual.

Lesser Whitethroat

Chiffchaff

Blackcap
A Lizard enjoying the sunshine

Red Admiral feeding on Blackberries.

So that was it....back to Pagham now with hopefully, some 
exciting Autumn migrants!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Eiders and others...




This morning was another 'perfect' morning....6.45a.m. on the Spit.

The Eider Ducks were showing well....they were reported several weeks ago but were too far out in the centre of the harbour to photograph...today they were just off the Spit.





Several Wheatears were present and posed well in the morning light...



A few photos from last week.....
The off shore Rampion wind farm under construction...from Pagham Beach just before sunrise.


A flock of Canada geese appeared one morning on the Lagoon
.....amongst the flock,  a bit of an oddity!
 A morning on the North wall....
Teal


Willow Warbler

Heron on the prowl!


Redshank

Black Tailed Godwit

Whimbrel in flight.

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...and finally, late afternoon from the living room window Hirundines descended on the railings.


Up and away.

...a sure sign autumn is on its way.





Monday, August 21, 2017

A few random photos from last week.

As I am currently busy on the domestic front there have been few opportunities for serious birding/photography. However here are a few photos from the occasions I have had, with camera 'at the ready' !
Storm clouds over Church Norton.

Juvenile Great Crested Grebe on Pagham Lagoon.


Oystercatcher in flight.


Most of the Horned Poppy have been lost to erosion but this is a survivor on the beach!

Pheasant near the sluice gate ...North Wall


Black Tailed Godwit...Breech pool.


Very distant Spoonbill...  middle of Pagham Harbour

Migrant Hawker



Kingfishers...Breech Pool 


Spotted Redshank...one of four on Breech Pool.

Whimbrel

Curlew

Wheatear...one of several on the beach this week.


 Heron in flight and about to land.


Clouded Yellow on the beach

A rather tatty White Wagtail landed very briefly on the iron work at harbour entrance 

Another Wheatear.
                                   
Just a few Photos to prove I am still around for those followers wondering where I have been.