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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, October 20, 2020

It's  been interesting to watch the arrival of the brent Geese during the last couple of weeks or so, some flying straight past the harbour entrance and others making straight for it over the beach bungalows. On one occasion a flock of about 20 flew past but then suddenly turned around and made their way back before turning into the harbour. A number of family groups have three juveniles but  this family had four youngsters...a sign of a good breeding season maybe?

Duck numbers have been increasing with Wigeon outnumbering the Teal and Pintail by far.

The Swan family have been much appreciated by holiday makers but I was pleased to obtain a photograph of  all seven in flight this week..not always easy.

The recent erosion and flooding of the Little Lagoon area has created a new interest and as the tide sweeps in it is obviously bringing  small  fish which attracts herons, egrets and cormorants...

Cormorants are more disturbed easily by dog walkers.

This week has seen an influx of Stonechats and Chiffchaffs...

Stonechat (m)

Stonechat (f) the bushes besides Whites Creek

..and on Pagham spit.

Meadow Pipits have been foraging along the tideline

...or seem quite happy in the 'old' carpark

Coots have increased their numbers on the Lagoon

... alongside the ever present moorhens

Nothing dramatic or noteworthy but the past few days have been very warm and sunny.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

A quick update.

 Following a very wet and windy week in Cornwall it was good to be back in Pagham to be greeted with the news of a mega! A Nighthawk had been sighted and seen by a few very lucky birders on the Church Norton side of the harbour a couple of evenings ago. It was not seen again.

However yesterday morning I did get a glimpse of a Dartford Warbler in the Little Lagoon bushes and in late afternoon photographed a Red Throated Diver on the Lagoon...quite unusual.

It is still there this morning.(Sunday Oct 11)

So what' next?