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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.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Much of the same!

My daily 'permitted' walk along to the North Wall produced very little in the way of migrants or 'new' birds. Chiffchaffs singing along the Slipe field 'dog walk' and a very lonely Brent Goose in Whites Creek.


The three Garganey were still present in the channel behind the sluice gate...initially I could only see the two drakes but the duck  was so well camouflaged I overlooked her initially!

Fifteen Cattle Egrets were present in Owl Copse but were disturbed by two dogs and made a hasty retreat very soon after this photograph! 



The resident Marsh Harrier made a brief but distant appearance




... a male Reed Bunting was partly hidden in a hawthorn oblivious to my presence.

On my return along Whites Creek the regular Spotted Redshank was showing well



 ...but eyeing me rather suspiciously as I got too close for comfort!

A very pleasant hour and I was  reminded yet again of  how fortunate I am to be able to see such a variety of birds on my doorstep, especially in these difficult times!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

An 'exercise' walk took me along the North Wall this morning past the three Garganey  in Breech Pool and along to Owl Copse. A small flock of Cattle Egret suddenly alighted in the bushes...















There were nineteen in total

Grey Herons flew to and fro....


A couple of Canada Geese flew over





 Drake Wigeon and Teal at the sluice.




 Goldfinch....along the dog walk....Slipe field


Mute swan on nest

Male Reed Bunting


Wood Pigeon




...and finally a Cormorant in summer plumage.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

A quick visit to the Breech Pool to check on the Garganey

 Yes, they were there, in the middle of the pool...rather distant but today they were not asleep!!






How long will they stay?

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A trio of Garganey.

A early start to the North Wall following a late report of Garganey yesterday afternoon resulted in a blank 35 minutes searching the Breech Pool. Having given up and assuming they had possibly  moved on I wandered back towards the sluice gate and  during a final sweep of the harbour, there they were; two males and a female all sleeping with heads down on a mud bank... an unexpected spot to locate them.






They remained for a time but suddenly  took flight and headed for Whites Creek and quickly settled down with heads under  their wings again...sleeping.



...except for a moment when the female showed her head...with Teal on left.


Earlier I had the good fortune of actually seeing  a Cettis Warbler and grabbing a few shots of this very noisy but secretive bird!




...and finally a few other shots of the 'regulars'


Grey Heron....admiring the view!

Magpie...one of many this morning 

Great Crested Grebe ...by the sluice gate

Drake Wigeon









Monday, March 16, 2020

A Wheatear...Spring has sprung!

The first Wheatear of the year is always memorable none more so than on a 'perfect' morning like this morning. As I was wandering up Pagham Spit I looked across to New Island (Peregrine Island) and saw this white dot of a bird...with a very upright stance. Couldn't be anything else apart from a wheatear. Great! 
Even with a 560mm lens it is a still very small image....but unmistakable!
 There were another couple on the spit but both were flighty and unapproachable!

My other highlight was a fairly close encounter with a seal as it made its way out of the harbour on the ebb tide.

Mute Swans on the move..

 ...and a Skylark on one of the remaining posts on the south side of the Little Lagoon. (Eighteen boundary posts have recently been lost as the result of recent storm erosion)

Looking forward to more Spring migrants in the next week or so.