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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.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Another week of birding along the east side of the harbour.

Todays blog shows a selection of birds photographed during this week. There has been a distinct 'feel' of autumn during the latter part of the week with Friday being particularly good for warblers including Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Wheatears and Whinchats were present in the Halsey Farm area but were difficult to capture 'on film'.
These first two photos show a few of the seven Pale Breasted Brent Geese which turned up a few weeks ago  have  been seen regularly  from the Church Norton side of the harbour but early in the week could be seen well from Pagham Spit. 

Curlews have been present each morning and are irresistible subjects especially in flight.

 Numbers of smaller waders have been building up with flocks of Dunlin...some still in summer plumage sporting black chests. 

Little Egret near the sluice gate...a favourite feeding ground.

Godwit numbers continue to build.

Whitethroat in the North Wall bushes.

A well hidden Sedge Warbler.

Coots always present in the rife.

Spot the Kingfisher....far left of the top fence rail (a very long way off)

Almost all Black Headed Gulls are now in winter plumage...a sure sign that summer is on its way out!

Two very distant  Whinchats (centre between two out of focus Wheatears.)
 Breech Pool drama....
Grey Heron concentrating!

Grey Heron in  attack mode

That's unhappy fish!
 A one legged Whimbrel...

Today (Saturday) the Pale-bellied Brents were feeding just off Pagham Spit and I think now joined by a single Dark-bellied  Brent (left).

 Numerous Wheatears were on the spit perching on posts and wires and then dropping down onto the ground to feed.

A seal came into the harbour as I watched the Brent...not seen one for some time.
 In the early evening I wandered along Whites Creek in the hope of seeing a Cattle Egret, Spoonbill or Osprey ...all of which have been reported in the last twenty four hours.

Collared Dove...invariably feeding on the tideline along this stretch of the harbour.

Friday, August 17, 2018

A beautiful sunny morning along the North Wall

Loads of Hirundines flying alongside the wall seamingly snapping up a plentiful supply of  insects.
One or two youngsters occasionally alighted on the rocks and were hoping for a parent  to come and feed them (which they didn't) no chance of a good classic photo!


Swallows predominated but House and Sand Martins were also feeding.
Sand martin....very difficult to capture.
A solitary Swift flew over.
Also present, several Whitethroats, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler and a Reed sign of Yellow Wagtails despite cows present. 

Willow Warbler
Reed Bunting

Little Egret in distant channel.

...and finally a flypast (shame you can't hear them!)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

A welcome change in the weather.

After  six weeks of  very hot and sunny weather it rained all day yesterday. This morning, however, dawned bright and sunny with a hint of autumnal coolness first thing. It was a good morning to be on the spit....Willow/chiff, two Wheatears, Whitethroat showing in the bushes around the Little Lagoon...


Waders are beginning to show up in the harbour and this Greenshank was feeding along the edge.

Turnstones, some retaining partial summer plumage seemed unaware of my approach...

...but once a Peregrine shot overhead they immediately stopped feeding and  adopted a crouched position until danger had passed.

My highlight was a Curlew that alighted some way away from where I was photographing the Turnstones and as I remained quite still it came closer and closer affording a great photographic opportunity...normally they are quite skittish birds.

....a very enjoyable ten minutes!

...and finally aTurnstone on harbour wall

...and a Little Egret in the Little Lagoon.