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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.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

May lockdown

The restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19  pandemic have certainly focused the mind on the photography of the 'ordinary',  mostly in the garden. Here's a selection for the month of May.

A pair of Jays has been frequenting the garden on a regular basis either to use the bird bath or the pond.

A Green Woodpecker is a common visitor

And  a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers are nesting nearby.

Two pairs of Robins have nested either end of the garden and have cost us a fortune in mealworms!

...and now the youngsters have begun to emerge(they have been hiding as some of their siblings have been taken by a Magpie and a Sparrowhawk).

This male Blackbird has been singing his heart out day in,day out for the entire month .

Whilst his mate quietly gets on with domesticities

A Blue Tit has successfully raised a brood  but all have dispersed without trace.

A Wood Pigeon has built a nest in next doors palm tree and here  takes a well earned rest in the hot sun.

 Magpies visit the birdbath regularly

 ..and the villain of the peace, a Sparrow Hawk often takes the opportunity of a wash in the wildlife pond.

...and just outside the garden a flyover Little Egret.

 .......and on the pond...
A Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly (m)
...and his partner ....Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly (f)

...and to end, Common blue damselflies
According to the  the Met Office it has been the sunniest spring on record for the UK, following on from the wettest February on record.

Strange times.

Stay alert and watch those garden birds!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Moth trap result

I am not a mother but I have made a moth trap but use it infrequently as I get so frustrated trying to identify the numerous moths that sometimes turn up. Having used it last night I was pleased to find three identifiable creatures this morning...not all moths!

Buff Tip
Poplar Hawk moth


Will have to get stuck into moths during the lockdown!