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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, August 21, 2020

The 'new look' Pagham Spit and Little Lagoon

Following the high tides and high winds of today, Pagham Spit takes on a very new and different  look. Will this create a new intertidal area. What effect will it have on the bird life in this mini haven?

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The Turnstones were quick to enjoy the new 'spit'...
Turnstone in wonderful plumage.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Pied Flycatcher in the garden...a first!

Just had to post this pleased and so unexpected!

Excellent, but didn't stay long!

Thursday, August 6, 2020

August has arrived

Early in the week a few Wheatears were present on Pagham Spit.

A Whitethroat appeared in the garden one morning but did not want his photograph taken!
Several Willow Warblers were noted along the east side of the harbour...

Waders were the main attraction  with Black Tailed Godwits the most common and always an attractive subject.

There was a good opportunity to compare Greenshanks with Spotted Redshanks today..

..but most of the time was spent preening.

...and wing stretching!
This one was quite a blotchy individual!

The usual species were present......Mute Swans


Little Egrets

Juvenile Black Headed Gulls


A Curlew..

...and a few fly over Swifts..

Make the most of these birds....last to arrive and first to depart. Summer is over for them!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

July.... random pics.

                                                                                                                                                               Not a lot to report this month but nevertheless here's few reminders of July.
The North Wall has been generally quiet but it's always a pleasure to simply enjoy the  early morning  or evening light. (my favourite times)

A Whimbrel has been present in Whites Creek all the month.

Black Tailed Godwits have been noted on most visits, some in splendid summer plumage.

A Common Tern is a 'regular' fishing in Breech Pool. 

Five Cattle Egret or more have been feeding in the fields on's just three.

A young Grey Heron in long grass.

Little Egrets are always present.

On the home front  juvenile Robins are assuming adult plumage and already parents or siblings are chasing each other out from 'their' territory.

Juvenile Greenfinches are regular visitors to the bird bath.

A Woodpigeon has successfully nested in one of our trees and three squabs have not left the close  proximity of the nest for the past two weeks.


 Large numbers of Gatekeepers are present in considerable numbers

...and Sloes are ripening in the sunshine.

Finally on July 24, I heard a willow Warbler singing quietly in the garden and very quickly  it showed up long enough for me to grab the camera and obtain these two shots

Autumn migration is on the way!