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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, September 22, 2020

Autumn has arrived

On looking out of the kitchen window this morning I noticed that our silver birch tree was host to at least three Chiffchaffs. They were so intent on feeding before making off for warmer climes they seemed totally oblivious to my presence whilst taking a few pics.  

The early morning warm light created a real autumnal 'feel'.






These two Brents confirmed Autumn was here...the first I'd seen in the harbour .



Grey Plover in Whites Creek...one of several.

'Stumpy' the Greenshank in his usual spot

One of several reed Bunting which seemed to just 'drop in'


A rather pale Lesser Whitethroat. (A Whinchat was also nearby but I failed to obtain a photo)
Close up of a Lapwing feeding along the wall

...and a ringed individual.

The weather is forecast to change soon so it was good to be out this morning


Saturday, September 19, 2020

Back to Pagham

 It's always good to get back to the home patch after being away for a few days so I was straight down to see what was about along Whites Creek to hopefully see the reported  Curlew Sandpipers. At the time of my first visit I could find just two.


Notice the very flexible mandibles of the bird on the right(below).



Most of the Black Tailed Godwits were now in winter plumage....



   ..... although a few still showed a hint of summer  dress.



The pale short billed Greenshank was still present and this is certainly his second autumn/winter appearance.








Quite confiding and very photogenic.



...and finally, for now, a rather resplendent Little Egret in all its finery.






Friday, September 18, 2020

A Suffolk Week

 Having just returned from a few very hot days on the Suffolk coast it is time to sort out a few photos taken mostly at at Minsmere but also a few north to Southwold and south to Aldeburgh. The water levels on the Minsmere reserve were the lowest I've ever experienced,  resulting in very few waders but there were other rewards!

Starting at the groynes just north of Southwold a couple of  Purple Sandpipers showed up very briefly but after a couple of shots they soon moved off.




Several visits were made to Minsmere but few waders were present beyond a few sandpipers, lapwing and dunlin.

Common Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper


Lapwing

Dunlin

A very distant Great White Egret...Island Mere 


The only Bittern seen, flying over Island Mere.

The highlight were probably the Bearded Tits which on one morning came almost too close when using the 700mm lens





In the gorse and brambles on Minsmere beach the Dartford Warblers were quite confiding but fast moving and quickly disappeared into the undergrowth making photography challenging!






Other birds included....


Stonechat



Stonechat (juvenile)

Kestrel


Reed Bunting



Whitethroat



Chiffchaff





Barnacle Goose,probably from a local feral flock.


Water Pipit near the Konik field Minsmere.


The Koniks


Setting sun over the reed beds at Minsmere.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

August leftovers...

A few photos that escaped previous blogs....nothing exciting but always a pleasure to see...


Juvenile Green Woodpecker in garden bird bath (taken through window)







This Collared Dove lost his mate to a Sparrow Hawk one morning. They were a devoted couple and were never seen on their own...until now.


On and around East side of Pagham Harbour...

Whitethroat


Redstart

Whinchat  near owl point.

Whinchat near Owl Point


Marsh Harrier  over Breech Pool 
                       
Curlews

Black Tailed Godwits




 
 Black Tailed Godwit with bangles!

Distant Bar Tailed Godwit 


Heron sunbathing (it was a very warm morning)

Proud Herons.






Grey Wagtails near the sluice gates.



Common Tern (juvenile)This was initially a very distant bird, surface feeding and constantly dipping, reminiscent of a marsh tern.

 ...and finally

A Swallow...
Considerable numbers of Hirundines have been flying along the beach and feeding over the lagoon during the final few days of August.