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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.

Monday, September 27, 2010

A new garden bird

Nothing exciting but we have never had a Reed Bunting in the garden before. Besides that, there were 2 Chiifchaffs in our one and only tree and although a dull and dreary morning, I  thought these visitors were  a sign of a good morning with migrants in every bush!

How wrong can you be!!

A single Wheatear, 2 Robins and about 6 house Martins overhead.

I took the camera just in case and jacked up the ISA to 800 and felt obligated to take a few shots so here they are....
The single Wheatear

A distant Whimbrel

A Little Egret...showing off its yellow foot!

...and even he/she didn't stop long!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Back from Norfolk.

Just back from a week in North Norfolk and an early morning walk to theSpit hide felt decidedly Autumnal...a big drop in temperature overnight and a brisk north easterly! A Chiffchaff and a Wheatear were present along the pathway and my first Stonechat for some while hopping from post to post.
When we returned late afternoon yesterday there were a good 50 House Martins flying low over the beach heading East.

 Norfolk was interesting but we dipped out on the Arctic Warbler (present up to the day we arrived in Holme and an elusive  Barred Warbler). However a visit to Cley produced a few close ups of Bearded Tits...always a spectacular bird to see!
 Bearded Tit...female

Bearded Tit ...male 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Dartford Warbler is still here

A windless morning tempted me out at 7.15am to see if the Dartford Warbler was still around as yesterday was exceptionally windy and it would have kept its head down

A Grey Plover was feeding on the salt marsh and was at an 'in between' stage (Summer/winter plumage)

Grey Plover
A Little  Egret flew up  and the early morning sun showed  its bright yellow feet briliantly!
..and then as I approached the bushes along the path to the hide I heard a tell tale 'churrrrr' was still here...the Dartford1

It was almost impossible to get a clear view of the bird..
and each time it showed itself a twig was in the way 
but in the end it hopped up briefly for a 'snatch' photo.
Next stop was Breach Pool but apart from a flock of Lapwing and a load of Canada Geese the only wader of any note was a Black Tailed Godwit....stretching.

Monday, September 13, 2010

A good selectiuon of species this morning!

        As I started my early morning sortie I was alerted by the call of a Great Spotted Woodpecker and there it was on the telegraph pole outside the  bungalow...there are no trees on the spit so I suppose this was next best!                                                                                                   
The Pintail seems to have taken up residence on the Lagoon
Wheatears were still much in evidence and this was a superb male in front of the hide
I was pleased to see the Dartford Warbler was still present enjoying blackberries 
It responded to a bit of pishing...
...and eventually showed well and posed in the sunshine
The Peregrine was hunting..
and although it made a few stoops on passing pigeons I didn't see it make a kill
A kingfisher was present on the Lagoon (although too far away for a photo) and Chiffchaffs were darting in and out of the bushes


... whilst  a single Whitethroat permitted a close approach

Not a bad hour for a few new images.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wryneck images

A bright sunny morning lured me out early to the North Wall. The Curlew Sands still feeding with a few Dunlin, then a flock of Lapwing and Black Tailed Godwits took to the sky as a superb Hobby flew over Breach Pool. Next was a female Garganey that came in from the harbour and mingled with the Teal before going to sleep.
..and then news came that the Wryneck was 'showing well' and soon I found it thanks to Peter Callis on the lower path...and managed some reasonable images.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

An interesting day.

I was told there was a Black Necked Grebe on the Lagoon and a Wryneck at the North Wall so had to decide my priority, and, as I was short of time I headed to the North
Wall and after a little searching managed to locate the Wryneck. It was in a hawthorn bush and a Robin dive bombed it and made it fairly obvious when it retreated further along and deep into another bush.It showed well a couple of times and then decided to no photographs!

On the way back I stopped at the Salthouse and 2 or 3 Curlew Sandpipers were feeding within range

Curlew Sandpiper

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A tinge of excitement!

Dartford Warbler
As I made my way to the hide this morning at 7.45am I suddenly became aware of a small bird at the foot of a gorse bush. It disappeared and then I heard a very short 'churrrr' and suddenly there it was ...a Dartford Warbler scuttling about well inside the bush. I grabbed the camera, took a couple of hasty shots and then the dreaded message appeared on the screen 'card full'. Immediately panic took over and I fumbled for another card which I also hadn't deleted and that too was full. By the time I had sorted myself out the bird was on top of the bush and I grabbed 2 shots before it disappeared...and I did'nt see it again!

A couple of Yellow Wagtails flew west and one of them settled very briefly on the shingle. Several have been passing over during last week and early this.

A new sign has been erected adjacent to the Lagoon explaining the attraction of brackish water and showing some of the birds to be expected particularly in the winter....very smart it is too!! Click on the image to read it...I dont know why it has shot off the side of page!     

               Click to read     

Thursday, September 2, 2010

An distinctly 'autumny' feel this morning.

Another morning for Hirundines....exclusively Sand Martins over the beach moving west in a constant stream for a couple of hours, but later, when visiting North Wall a few House Martins and an even smaller number of Swallows. Little else unusual to report. The Whimbrel remains on the Little Lagoon, Coot numbers have built up on the main Lagoon and a few Wigeon and Pintail are arriving in the harbour..but staying very much in the middle! Oh yes...several Yellow Wagtails flying west...always easier to hear than to see!

Sand Martin

A Speckled Wood

I spotted thisattractive butterfly when returning from Breach Pool