However, unusually for Pagham, there was a lone Sanderling - a bird which normally prefers a sandy beach as at nearby Clymping.
Sand Martins, Swallows and a few Swifts were trickling westwards.
...and for the botanists a couple of shots of the very rare Childing Pink taken in our beach garden .
There are only three known populations occurring in southern England, at Sinah Common SSSI (Site
of Special Scientific Interest) on Hayling Island, at Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex (an
undesignated site) and at Pagham Harbour LNR (Local Nature Reserve).
These flowers have been seen in our garden for the past 26 years....some years more than others but we always feel very priveleged when we see them in flower. They are very tiny and have to be really looked for as the flower heads are only about 2-3 mm across. On the lower photo a greenfly can be seen which gives an indication of size!
|Childing Pink with Greenfly (left click)|