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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, August 31, 2010

Random images this morning.

The local Heron
One of our local residential homes being retired to the Bluebell Railway this morning

The Heron on his way
Grey Plover showing off his black 'armpits'
Sand Martins gathering on the wires this morning
Mullet in the harbour of many
Sunday flypast...anyone know what they are?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The 4 'w' s

A brisk, cool, windy mornings walk around the Pagham Spit produced a Whimbrel in the Little Lagoon (for the third morning running), 2 Wheatears along the path, a Willow Warbler in the gorse, and, star of the show a Whinchat clinging on to a slim thorn branch and being battered by a force 6! looked pretty tired and was not too fussed about my close approach (no camera, of course! )

Monday, August 16, 2010

No sign of the Osprey!

I missed the reported Osprey yesterday but was hoping it may have been hanging around somewhere in the harbour but sign. A walk along the North Wall produced good numbers of Redshank and Black tailed Godwit, a single Spotted Redshank, a few Wheatears and a single Whinchat.
A Whimbrel was splashing and preening in Breech Pool and numbers of Teal are increasing.
Coot numbers have increased on the Lagoon and Little Grebes seem to be static at 8 in total.

Have just returned from a week on the Isle of Wight and although not a birding week did visit the RSPB reserve at Brading when the highlight was a Hobby accompanying 3 Buzzards. 6 Common Sandpipers and a Greenshank were present  at the Hersey Reserve near Seaview.

One of six Common Sands at Hersey

When returning, we visited  Blashford Lakes and watched a very active and obliging Nuthatch on the feeders...and got a decent photo!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A special morning

An interesting morning with the bushes on the Spit alive with Warblers

Whitethroats and Lesser Whitethroats were feeding avidly in the gorse with Wheatears throughout the beach and a single Whinchat near the Little Lagoon. There was a report of a Marsh Harrier and a Hobby but I missed both! Mediterranean Gulls are becoming more numerous and wader numbers are increasing...mainly Dunlins,Ringed Plovers and Turnstones.
A Seal had hauled itself up on a mudbank in the harbour,

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

More disappointment

Having been watching a Ringed Plover on its nest for the past 10 days or so I was very upset to note that the nest had been trampled over the weekend. As far as I am aware despite several pairs attempting to nest on Pagham Spit none have been successful.

A public 'drop-in' had been organised locally by the West Sussex Council and the R.S.P.B. to gauge local reaction to the possible takeover of Pagham Harbour by the RSPB.
This could have have some distinct conservation advantages and it will be interesting to note developments...see

8 Little Grebes arrived overnight....6 on the Lagoon and 1 on the Little Lagoon.
Linnets are forming some decent sized flocks and foraging for seeds on the abundant Vipers Bugloss. (2 flocks of 20 and 30 birds)

Incidentally I caught a fish last week which I believe was
an Allis Shad and if confirmed would prove very unusual and a first for Pagham. Could anyone please confirm.It weighed in at 1lb 12oz.