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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.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

A garden surprise...

 I had just set up a new arrangement for photographing birds on the garden pond when an immature Green Woodpecker alighted on a tree stump which I'd carefully arranged over the water. It posed beautifully for a few moments when suddenly to my surprise a Garden Warbler landed on a second stump inches away. It remained for about 10/15 seconds when I managed to get a couple of shots before it flew off and hasn't been seen since! What a surprise for a garden bird.

Here are few shots of the woodpecker....

Earlier in the week a few of the 'usuals' were about and the now regular 'short billed' Greenshank was present for the third seasonal visit.


Black Tailed Godwits

...and a Cormorant in the rife

...and finally a Fox in the early morning sunshine.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Temmincks Stint!

 A very distant  shot of the Temmincks Stint on Ferry Pool this morning.

Back at home a Green Woodpecker was enjoying a bath in the pond.

One very wet woodpecker!

Monday, August 16, 2021

AUGUST 16 2016 A date etched in my memory bank!

This was an exciting morning when the bushes around Owl Point were full of warblers...whitethroats,garden warblers and sedge warblers....and then this bird!

 Initially I wasn't sure of its i.d  but having, after some hours, tracked down Owen Mitchell I was delighted to learn that he confirmed it as an Aquatic Warbler. Initially it was only seen from the back view and it was against the light ...but what a great rarity to have chanced upon.

 ...but then it turned and these photos were the first few I managed to obtain. 

 Just sorry no other birders were around and even after a good search it was never seen again!

So setting out this morning I was slightly disappointed by the lack of avian activity in the bushes and apart from a few willow warblers the main interest was in waders along Whites Creek.  Dunlins,Ringed Plovers and Redshanks accompanied Curlews,Whimbrel and Greenshanks and were well spread throughout the mud banks.


 Greenshank...'stumpy' is back for the third season!

Here are a few photos from last week...

Much activity in Owl Copse

...with a lot of squabbling with Cattle and Little Egrets

A fine adult Cattle Egret.

Canada Geese flypast.

Pagham Spit is certainly taking on that 'end of summer' feeling! of four on Pagham spit.  

Willow Warbler in bramble alongside the Lagoon

Wheatear on the old car park fence.

Finally a few non birds


Painted Lady

Sea Lavendar

...and finally a Great Spotted Woodpecker checking reception.             

 August 12 at Church Norton.....from the bench

A distant Curlew Sandpiper in summer plumage!

Monday, August 2, 2021

Escape to Suffolk for a few days.

 Six days in Suffolk and  brief visits to RSPB Minsmere resulted in a few photos. We were fortunate to be there for a couple of hours when a Gull Billed Tern was visiting one morning but our only view was through a wardens 'scope.

Just for the record here's a distant view of the Adur estuary Shoreham bird I saw on June 1 2005.

Our only other bird of note was a Great White Egret viewable from the West Hide one evening.

The Terns appeared to be doing really well with Common Terns feeding a good number of youngsters.

The dive!

Alas, unsuccessful!



Begging for more!

Kittiwakes squabbling.
Avocets with many youngsters. This adult in late evening sun was a real stunner!

Several Ruff were present

Common Sandpiper. (Several Green Sandpipers were also  present with a couple of Wood Sandpipers.)

The usual feral Barnacles were present

Heron on the look out. 

A visit to Hen Reed beds resulted in seeing a distant Marsh Harrier having an altercation with the local Buzzard.

...and a Reed Warbler at close quarters from the hide.

...and a few non birds.

Bee wolf along 'Digger Alley'

...and a very unusual  but colourful insect which I understand is a Hedychrum nobile which is a species of cuckoo wasp. (please correct if this is wrong)


Looking forward to our next visit!