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.

Monday, October 3, 2016

An autumn morning.

The sun has just come up.
 Its 7.15 a.m. ...Blue sky, perfectly still and complete peace....must get out with the camera before breakfast.
Lots of House Martins on the move plus a few Swallows.
Not easy birds to capture in flight.

The Peregrine on his favourite spot on New Island
A single juvenile Mute Swan heads for the Lagoon.

...and then a stonking  male Stonechat suddenly appears amongst the blackberries just in front of me.

Then poses for a few seconds before disappearing.

A charm of Goldfinches alights on a bank of thistles...

Then... on a wire just in front of me, a male Reed Bunting
What a bird!

A small flock of Meadow Pipits drop out of the sky and start feeding in the grass...

This one pops onto the shingle for a few seconds to check me out before feeding in the grasses again...very easily overlooked!

I peer over the end of the path looking for Mullet which usually hang around at this spot and there are thousands of 3inch fish...clouds of is a shot of  just a very few of the masses of fry.

As I return home a Robin sings from the apple tree which is showing its age now and covered with yellow lichen

Now for some breakfast!

 Incidentally I had to go to Halford of Shripney later in the morning and took the opportunity to check the 'new' least 7 Ruffs, 9 Dunlin,  Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Lapwing, Teal,Wigeon, Buzzard, Chichaff, Reed Bunting...all in 10 minutes!

Later in the day the first 'proper' flocks of Brent Geese start arriving...a few have been here since September 20 but now the winter flocks are arriving in earnest. 

No comments: