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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.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Back to Pagham....difficult to beat for sheer variety of wildlife.

It's always pleasant to get back on you local 'patch' after a time away and this morning was no
The North Wall has a wide variety of habitat hence a wide selection of birds and again as I strolled along by the Breech Pool I realised how fortunate we are in actually living in this location...literally on our doorstep!

First up, feeding on the mud, an Oystercatcher....

Next up...
A Black Tailed Godwit in winter plumage

...but a few retaining some of their summer plumage 

On the other side of the pool a Spotted Redshank preening

alongside a few Dunlin

A Grey Heron flies in....

...settles down and starts fishing.

 Sedge Warblers are busy tending youngsters...

 ...but keeping a careful eye on me was this Roe Deer

 but he soon settled down once he knew it was safe...

 ...and all that could be seen was this!

A few Swallows watched from a bush...

 On returning back along the 'Wall'  a Lapwing eyed me cautiously..

 and a Greenshank fed in Whites Creek.

I noticed a couple of Teal in eclipse plumage on the pool...a sure sign that Autumn is on its way!

As I was just standing by the Salthouse a bird suddenly flew up on to the fence surrounding the horses field...a Juvenile Green Woodpecker.

 It looked distinctively  'Wryneck like' in posture!

 ..but the colour on the back of the head and nape showed no resemblance to its cousin!!

It too, eyed me cautiously...

 ...until a dog walker came along, when it hopped back onto the fence, had a quick look round and was off!!!

I finish the blog today with a crop of this photo...a superb bird.

See what I mean about variety of wildlife....Pagham Harbour takes a lot of beating!!
(all within an hour and a half)

At 5.30p.m. I looked out of the living room to see this....

An off shore flock of Gannets moving west along the Channel.

We don't often see Gannets go past;  maybe in ones and two and usually a lot further out to sea so it was good to see this...quite a spectacle.

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