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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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June lockdown

The lockdown continued throughout June but there was some relaxation of  the regulations. Nevertheless all photographs in this blog are either garden birds or within walking distance of home.
The highlight was undoubtedly the first evidence of  Cattle Egrets successfully breeding in West Sussex...right on my doorstep in Pagham harbour.
On June 23 in Owl Copse I was able to see an adult Cattle Egret flying to the nest site to feed young.....


Lots of Sedge Warblers have bred and many youngsters are in the bushes alongside the Breech Pool

The terns in the harbour were very active and they too were obviously catching fish for their youngsters on Tern Island.

These were all Sandwich Terns but Common and Little were present.

The actual spit has been substantially reduced in size as a result of the continuing beach erosion and no Ringed Plovers or Oystercatchers have even attempted to breed this year. However Skylarks are present...


Linnets are breeding in the gorse.

 A deer has been seen with a foal behind the breech Pool but I have only seen the adult.

Being mostly confined to the garden the following photos show some of the visitors....

Mallards....more unusual visitors to the garden pond.

Wood pigeon...another is still sitting on a nest.

A very regular Green Woodpecker...always searching for ants.

A Jay on the lookout.

Goldfinch...a regular visitor to the birdbath.

A wet Bluetit....following a bath.

Collared Dove.

A splendid male Blackbird.

One of several juvenile Blackbirds

Our Wren.....the most diminutive visitor!

The young Robins are now getting their red breasts.
Who knows what July will produce...hopefully a chance to get out and about in readiness for the 'autumn' migration which will start very soon.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

May lockdown

The restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19  pandemic have certainly focused the mind on the photography of the 'ordinary',  mostly in the garden. Here's a selection for the month of May.

A pair of Jays has been frequenting the garden on a regular basis either to use the bird bath or the pond.

A Green Woodpecker is a common visitor

And  a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers are nesting nearby.

Two pairs of Robins have nested either end of the garden and have cost us a fortune in mealworms!

...and now the youngsters have begun to emerge(they have been hiding as some of their siblings have been taken by a Magpie and a Sparrowhawk).

This male Blackbird has been singing his heart out day in,day out for the entire month .

Whilst his mate quietly gets on with domesticities

A Blue Tit has successfully raised a brood  but all have dispersed without trace.

A Wood Pigeon has built a nest in next doors palm tree and here  takes a well earned rest in the hot sun.

 Magpies visit the birdbath regularly

 ..and the villain of the peace, a Sparrow Hawk often takes the opportunity of a wash in the wildlife pond.

...and just outside the garden a flyover Little Egret.

 .......and on the pond...
A Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly (m)
...and his partner ....Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly (f)

...and to end, Common blue damselflies
According to the  the Met Office it has been the sunniest spring on record for the UK, following on from the wettest February on record.

Strange times.

Stay alert and watch those garden birds!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Moth trap result

I am not a mother but I have made a moth trap but use it infrequently as I get so frustrated trying to identify the numerous moths that sometimes turn up. Having used it last night I was pleased to find three identifiable creatures this morning...not all moths!

Buff Tip
Poplar Hawk moth


Will have to get stuck into moths during the lockdown!