....and what a stonker!
A superb male on the Spit near the old car park.
Great to see this herald of Spring.
Pagham Birder: The BlogA 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.
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.
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
The regular Wood Pigeon.
That's it for now...roll on end of lockdown!
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.
Happy New Year to you all.
Happy Christmas to all my blogger friends!
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!
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
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.
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 .