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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.

Friday, December 30, 2016

An interesting Gull?

Whilst walking along Pagham Beach this afternoon I came across this gull feeding alongside several Black Headed and Mediterranean Gull. Its mantle was obviously  very pale and but the ear coverts and wing tips were 'normal'. I deduced this was an instance of leucism as in every other aspect it was very much a Black Headed Gull. I have not seen this bird before and don't recall any other reports. Any comments would be of interest.

Conditions were not good for photography as it was very foggy in the late afternoon but these shots taken on my compact camera give a reasonable record.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

An unwelcome garden visitor.

Unwelcome, that is,  by the local House Sparrows....they will now keep a very low profile for the next few days. Once they know this fellow is about they always seem to disappear for a few days and the seed and fat balls remain virtually untouched.

Those steely eyes soon saw me poking my lens through the window and within a minute he was gone.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A very high Spring tide.

The high tide wader roost on Pagham Spit was truly impressive this morning.
Here are just a few shots ....
A mixture of Redshanks, Grey Plovers, Knot and amazing sight.

A mixed flock against a backdrop of Butlins of Bognor.

A mini Snettisham!

Monday, December 5, 2016

North Wall....a quick visit.

As the sun broke through this morning I couldn't resist a quick visit to the North Wall despite a busy morning doing other (more boring) things!

Nothing exceptional but a visit is always's a few shots in order of appearance------

Wigeon circling the Breech Pool...they were joined by another 60+.

Kingfisher on one of his regular fishing posts.

Song Thrush enjoying the winter sun.

Robin...dreaming of a white Christmas, maybe!

Green Woodpecker attacking an ant hill in the paddock.

Dunnock foraging.

Then in the late afternoon as the sun was setting...........

Brent Geese coming into the harbour

A peaceful scene....Pagham never disappoints!