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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, October 15, 2017

Cornwall and back...to Pagham


Its been a little while since my last blog as we have been on holiday in Cornwall...Porthcothan Bay to be precise near Padstow in the  north of the county. Birding was quiet with very little of interest during the week. We just missed the Red Eyed Vireo at Porthgwarra which was seen both before and after the week we were there! Typical!
The bay itself has very limited birdlife save for Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtail so I had to satisfy myself with these species....

...but there were lots of Portuguese Man 'o War 'jellyfish' on the beaches!! (these are actually a species of siphonophore,a group of animals that are closely related to jellyfish).

However the birds...







Rock Pipits
A small stream ran into the rocky bay which proved particularly popular with the Wagtails as a washing and preening area.
Pied Wagtail




A Pheasant in a tree one morning created some novelty value ...




...and there was a resident Robin.

On the hillside Stonechats were noted in the gorse but they  were generally unapproachable hence this flight (blur) photo..



Once back at Pagham a quick recce of the Spit produced an interesting list of birds with a lot of the winter geese and ducks now present including a pair of Pochards on the Lagoon. Pick of the few photos taken herewith!...
Reed Bunting


Greenfinch

Wren



Goldfinches enjoying the plentiful teazles





Thats it for now....but I did see a Kingfisher this morning and a local dog walker told me of an owl that flew up a few feet in front of her...presumably a Short Eared Owl from the description...so worth keeping an eye out for!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Spoonbills and an update.



Five Spoonbills have been in the harbour for the past few days but this morning was my first opportunity to catch up with them. Alas, it was raining at 7.00am when I hoped to get out but within a couple of hours the weather improved. Initially I could only find four birds but the fifth was a litle way away from the rest and, with headed tucked well under its wing, was not easily picked out from all the gulls.

Peregrine in fast flight.
As I watched they were all spooked by a Peregrine which was actually to my advantage as I grabbed a few flight photos before they landed slightly closer than they were at first...not that close though!








Two of the birds were ringed so hopefully someone will know their origin...France maybe?

Other birds noted during the morning......

Newly arrived Pintails



...also Wigeon coming into their autumn/winter quarters.

Distant Redshank, Greenshank and a Dunlin(in the centre)


Mute Swan flypast

Curlew
During the last few days of last week a few birds turned up on Pagham Spit that were obviously on the move
Stonechat

Blackcap


Chiffchaff


Reed Bunting
  ...and finally one of dozens of Red Admirals about in this mornings sunshine.

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!!