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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.

Friday, March 12, 2021

The first Wheatear

 ....and what a stonker!

 A superb male on the Spit near the old car park.




Great to see this herald of Spring.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Brent Geese....preparing for departure.

 I have a note in my diary that March 10 is departure time for Brent Geese to leave Pagham Harbour for their breeding grounds in the north...at least this is the date that I have noted many times that hundreds of geese fly out of the harbour straight out to sea before turning sharp left heading east. So today I wandered down the east side of the harbour to say my good byes and literally hundreds of geese were were chatting to each other - noisily...a sure sign they were planning for the long journey. Perhaps they were aware that a storm had been forecast and a force 8 gale was about to hit us tomorrow.



Flocks were on the move between the fields and the mudflats.





Some were feeding and just hanging around waiting for the right moment to move on.


A lone Pale Breasted Brent was amongst hundreds of the familiar Dark Breasted. 



...and a single Barnacle Goose that has been associating with the Brent for several weeks.

Black Headed Gulls are gaining their summer plumage....

The Lagoon has attracted a number of Mediterranean  Gulls recently and many of them are now sporting their black heads...a sure sign spring is on the way






...and lastly a few garden birds...

This male Blackcap has been present on and off during the winter together with a female. I am surprised he enjoys sunflower kernels but they also seem to spend a lot of time feeding in the Camellia flowers, very often their  faces covered in nectar.


Blackbird....unfortunately taken by a Sparrow Hawk last week.

Coal Tit...one of a pair which seem to have taken up residence here.
Blue Tit
Robin....one of two pairs now regularly engaged in territorial fisticuffs!

The regular Wood  Pigeon.

That's it for now...roll on end of lockdown!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

New Years Eve

 As we are now in Tier 4 there appears to be more people  than ever wandering about Pagham Spit. It was a very cold and sunny day and birds on the spit were very limited.

I had an unsuccessful look for the reported White Fronted Geese in the morning but a second visit at 3.15 located five on Peregrine island....a very distant shot below.


The now regular Kingfisher showed well in the bright afternoon sun.


...always a pleasure to see!

Happy New Year to you all.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Christmas day.

 A very frosty morning and a very brief visit to the harbour mouth. All the usual species about, with a male Peregrine on New Island and my first Goldeneye of the winter right out in the middle of the harbour constantly diving and spending most of the time under water. Regretfully no photos today....got to cook a turkey bird!

Happy Christmas to all my blogger friends!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

A new bird on "peregrine island".



 I've  never seen a White Fronted Goose on 'peregrine' island before but for the past week, one has been seen here, although distantly, from the Pagham spit. One observer noted two birds but not I. Small skeins have been noted in the surrounding area.

The other distant bird has been a Richards Pipit, but on the day I saw it, it was very distant! However a new tick for me!


Conversely, Stonechats are a lot easier to photograph!



Friday, November 27, 2020

Another Week almost over.

An interesting week for sightings around Pagham harbour but I have missed out on almost all of the excitement. Reports of interesting species seen in and around  the harbour have included a Scoter, Slavonian Grebe, Eider, Gt Northern Diver, Glossy Ibis and Snow Buntings plus, plus.

My only success has been a Merlin on New Island...a long distance photo...



..and a  pair of Peregrines






...and a Rock Pipit

There was a brief encounter with a Water Rail at the south east corner of the Lagoon and an even briefer encounter with a Black Redstart on our neighbours roof top  this afternoon but alas no photo let alone a poor distant shot!

Hopefully I will have more time on my hands in December but the days are short and there are always priorities of a domestic nature which 'have to be done'!

p.s. It is unusual to see two seals in the harbour  ...one is very often seen entering or leaving the harbour or basking on a mud  bank but two seen this week is exceptional.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

A few surprises on Pagham Spit

 Another very sunny morning and the first surprise was the sight of 2 House Martins flying east over the New Lagoon...very late!

Second surprise was the appearance for the second year of this unusual white headed Brent Goose.


A Kingfisher was fishing off the restraining wall....too quick for a photo.

The third surprise was a bird not often seen on the spit,,,,a Goldcrest...quite obliging until disturbed by a dog walker.




The usual pair of Stonechats were present, here's the female...


 Even a short morning stroll on the spit can be rewarding .