Top Paragraph

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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

An early morning visit to the North Wall in the hope of finding Yellow Wagtails and the Cattle Egret.

Whites Creek was full of life but mainly Black Headed Gulls and Redshanks...
Black Headed Gulls
Redshanks and an Oystercatcher.... I heard a Spotted Redshank but failed to see it!
The bushes held a number of warblers, mainly juvenile Whitethroats and Willow Warblers; a Cettis was singing and a few Reed and Sedge Warblers were present.


Willow Warbler in the reed bed.
A Curlew was feeding close to the wall and a Cormorant flew over.

Cormorant in flight
...and then I noticed the cows were entering the field in front of the farm. One of my target birds soon appeared and although distant here is a record shot!
Very distant but no doubting it is a Yellow Wag!
I'm still waiting to see the Cattle Egret!

A Kingfisher flew along in front of me...too quick to capture but a Grey Heron sat stationary at the edge of the reedbed ....
Grey Heron
 ..before flying up to a hawthorn bush


and enjoying the morning sunshine.....

Meanwhile on the pool a couple of Black Tailed Godwits were having a real 'go' at each other!

Later, I wandered up the Pagham Spit and saw little except a single Wheatear, a few Linnets and some Turnstones in the Little Lagoon. Yesterday there was, unusually, a Greenshank there and of note perhaps, a Blue Budgerigar visited the garden.
One of several Linnets

Turnstone on the Little Lagoon

No comments: