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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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Eiders and others...

This morning was another 'perfect' morning....6.45a.m. on the Spit.

The Eider Ducks were showing well....they were reported several weeks ago but were too far out in the centre of the harbour to they were just off the Spit.

Several Wheatears were present and posed well in the morning light...

A few photos from last week.....
The off shore Rampion wind farm under construction...from Pagham Beach just before sunrise.

A flock of Canada geese appeared one morning on the Lagoon
.....amongst the flock,  a bit of an oddity!
 A morning on the North wall....

Willow Warbler

Heron on the prowl!


Black Tailed Godwit

Whimbrel in flight.

...and finally, late afternoon from the living room window Hirundines descended on the railings.

Up and away.

...a sure sign autumn is on its way.

Monday, August 21, 2017

A few random photos from last week.

As I am currently busy on the domestic front there have been few opportunities for serious birding/photography. However here are a few photos from the occasions I have had, with camera 'at the ready' !
Storm clouds over Church Norton.

Juvenile Great Crested Grebe on Pagham Lagoon.

Oystercatcher in flight.

Most of the Horned Poppy have been lost to erosion but this is a survivor on the beach!

Pheasant near the sluice gate ...North Wall

Black Tailed Godwit...Breech pool.

Very distant Spoonbill...  middle of Pagham Harbour

Migrant Hawker

Kingfishers...Breech Pool 

Spotted of four on Breech Pool.


Curlew of several on the beach this week.

 Heron in flight and about to land.

Clouded Yellow on the beach

A rather tatty White Wagtail landed very briefly on the iron work at harbour entrance 

Another Wheatear.
Just a few Photos to prove I am still around for those followers wondering where I have been.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Back to the North Wall after an absence of a few weeks.

Seven o'clock on the North Wall...a perfect quiet, warm and sunny morning!

A Little Egret posing...Breech Pool
A group of young Starlings

A small group of Black Tailed Godwits preening in the pool.

In the bushes an odd combination...Yellow Wagtail and Reed Bunting.

In fact my first Yellow Wag of the 'autumn'.
The bird of the morning was the Sedge Warbler...they were everywhere!!

Looking very contented!

A youngster.

On the hunt.
This Reed Warbler proved very difficult to photograph!

On the other hand this Collared Dove was an easy subject!

Best birds of the morning were too far away in the middle of the harbour to photograph...three Eider Ducks kindly pointed out to to me by a local birder with a *60 'scope....even so difficult to spot!

Great to be back on my local 'patch'!