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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.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A disgrace!!

The Pagham Spit Hide....this is the sight that greeted me this morning

I'm lost for words!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

More Suffolk Birds

A few more shots whilst here in Suffolk but results have been disappointing resulting from difficult lighting conditions (that's my excuse! )


A pair of  Garganey at Island Mere 

Drake Smew with 2 females and a Tufted Duck.

A splendid male Marsh Harrier

It is still unpleasantly cold which doesn't make photography any easier!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Suffolk specials

Despite the unseasonally cold weather and biting easterly wind, a trip to Minsmere was undertaken today resulting in a few images of some of the typical species encountered. All pictures taken from Bittern Hide.

Bittern in flight 
Bittern ...just before dropping into the reedbed 

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Three Whoopers present....two adults with the Juvenile showing head up (momentarily)

Adult Whooper with head showing 
For most of the time the Whoopers were sleeping with heads tucked well under...sensibly. in view of the temperature!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Home and Away.

A honking  Raven greeted me this morning as I did my daily 'spit' round. Still have not seen a Wheatear here!

 On the home front, during the past few days we have been watching a blue tit build a nest in a nest box in our only tree. Because of our beach location this is the first time in 28 years we have ever had a  Blue Tit nesting! Yesterday however a House Sparrow  decided to evict  the tit and it was painful to watch as the pair of Blue Tits were overpowered by the Sparrow time and time again . Some terrible fights took place and at times the birds were rolling about on the ground desperately trying to ward off the intruders. This morning there is no sign of the Blue Tits and a pair of House Sparrows are sitting smugly just outside the entrance hole of the tits home. I've nothing against House Sparrows and went out yesterday and bought a 3-bedroomed terrace in the hope of enticing the Sparrows elsewhere! So far,they have not given it a viewing!

A visit to Southsea this morning and a stop off at the Castle to check for Purple Sandpipers. Access was somewhat difficult as the tide was out and they were therefore quite distant....nevertheless a few record shots.

On the way back stopped off at Baffins Pond and found not one, but three Water Rails, but was faced with a  different probem, photographcally. They were too close and they would constantly remain in long weeds and grass and move very  quickly!

Nice birds though!
....and there was a resplendent drake Shoveler on the pond...

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A frosty morning

...still plenty of Brents in the harbour
....and I was hoping for a good morning as I walked to the North Wall.... but alas! a bait digger was digging in Whites Creek at 7.45am...little wonder the place was deserted!

Few birds but a really superb morning to enjoy the frost and ice especially where the tide had receded, leaving some fascinating patterns.

My highlight....a Kingfisher near the sluice .... but I blinked and it was gone!

............and here's a couple of shots from earlier in the week

Hopefully Spring is now 'on the way'!

Monday, March 4, 2013

A Non Pagham Day

 The sun shone today  and I was determined to try again for the Brambling at Warnham as two previous visits had  proved unsuccessful.  Having got installed in the hide at 10.0'clock prompt I was joined by a local birder who told me they made an appearance at 11 o'clock yesterday! At five minutes to the hour it (not they!) showed up!

Wing stretching

...and again

A lovely bird..and my first photo of this species

Close up
The usual Siskins....more numerous than ever!

The ubiquitous Wren
Superb Redpolls

An obliging Coal Tit

Great Tit 

Long Tailed tit
.... and a Great Spot!

Warnham never disappoints!