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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.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

All very confusing

This morning was a bit confusing, to me at any rate! A linnet was building a nest in a gorse bush, a meadow pipit was parachuting in a display flight from a considerable height, a whimbrel was feeding on the shingle spit and a stream of swifts were flying home westwards along the beach. Is it spring, summer or autumn? Certainly, things are on the 'change' and I am looking forward to the late summer/autumn migration....but isn't a bit late for that linnet to be building a nest now?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Where does the time go?

I can't belive over 2 weeks have gone since my last entry and my Scottish holiday! Birding at Pagham has been quiet with only a few Whimbrel turning up during the last few days. There are 2 Ringed Plovers with eggs on the beach and they should hatch in the next few days. A Little Tern was seen yesterday with a fish in its beak so hopefully one nest has survived! A party of 4 Peregrines were in the harbour 2 days ago....presumably from the successful nest on Chichester cathederal.
Illegal fishing with nets created a bit of a stir today but by the time the warden was on the scene many 3-5 lb Mullet had been given the last rites and were on the way to a BBQ.
Hopefully there will be a bit more excitement on the birding front in the next week or so when migration should begin.