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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.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Photos from the past week.

Not much to shout about this week as I have been busy, busy....rather than birding! So just a few record shots...............

First Mallard ducklings on Pagham Lagoon

Drake Teal on Breech Pool 

Flighting Grey Plovers in the harbour.

Turnstone ...(old) harbour entrance

The Long Pool....Gadwalls...fighting?

Drake Gadwall

Reed Warbler...Long Pool.

Small Copper...Visitor Centre Pagham RSPB

Whitethroat...Slipe Field

Sedge Warbler...Breech Pool

Reed Bunting...Long Pool.

Skylark...Pagham Spit

The ever growing Rampton wind farm...from Pagham beach.
A better blog next week...hopefully!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Early morning on the Spit.

A  very brief blog today after an early morning sortie of Pagham Spit before the visitors descended.
It was definitely a Wheatear morning!
However first up, a Wood Pigeon leading the way...
 ...and now for the Wheatears with several along the beach towards the old harbour entrance.

Few other birds on the shingle except this Ringed Plover

A pair of Skylark were singing overhead but no photo today...tricky birds!
 On the Little Lagoon a pair of Shelduck. They always turn up at this time of year and spend time in the early part of the day prospecting for a nest site and examining rabbit burrows, of which there are very few this year. They are not keen on the free running dogs and don't hang about long but they will undoubtedly be back tomorrow morning, ever hopeful! (they have never nested here to my knowledge)

 Lastly  for this morning a female Linnet building a nest in a gorse bush...about nine pairs looking for suitable sites at present on the Spit.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Another brilliant sunny morning...

So, at 6.50am I set off to the North Wall.

A Willow Warbler was singing alongside the Lagoon, a Whimbrel flew overhead, Grey Plovers were calling in the harbour, Black Tailed Godwits were wheeling to and fro and a couple of Sand Martins were fly catching over the Breech Pool. Sedge Warblers  and a few Reed Warblers  were singing in the reedbed, Cettis Warblers were calling from their hideouts and I heard my first Whitethroat. It was magic!!!

Here are a few photos (not in any particular order)...Herons were putting on quite a display, hence a few extra pics!
Grey Plover

Black Tailed Godwits...coming in to land.

Some in fabulous summer plumage.

Redshank and reflection.

Sedge Warbler

Reed Bunting

 ...and now for the Herons...bird of the day!!

My first Whitethroat of the year...a bit distant.

 Chaffinch...often overlooked, but still a handsome bird!

Back on the beach...a Wheatear.
That's it for today, folk!

Monday, April 10, 2017

A couple of hours at Pulborough Brooks

I was surprised to hear a Lesser Whitethroat singing near Winpenny seems quite early for this species. It took me by surprise and whilst initially in deep undergrowth it suddenly shot up to an upper branch and I had to snap the shutter regardless of exposure being completely incorrect...hence a bit of a 'rescued' sequence!

Lesser Whitethroat

Lesser Whitethroat
There was an abundance of Blackcaps and one in particular gave good close up views....

Blackcap (m)

Chffchaffs were very vocal but not very obliging...photographically!

A few Wrens were singing..loudly!

Blue Tits were nest building in earnest!

My least favourite goose was present in front of West Meads...

Egyptian Geese

A Lapwing was in reflective mood....

Showing off.

I think the rabbits had been busy! Nightingales as yet( not for me anyway) ...a good excuse for another visit in the next week or so!