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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, August 30, 2022

A look back at August.

Very hot and very dry best depicts  the weather for August 2022.

My blog today contains a random selection of photos starting with the last date (August 28)  and  all images taken on a Canon  R6 using a Canon R800 lens unless otherwise stated. It has been a bit of a learning curve getting to grips with a mirrorless camera after using SLRs since 1963 (a Pentax S1a!), but I'm slowly learning  and will hopefully improve over time.

Golden Plover .... viewed from the east side of the harbour Aug 28


Squacco Heron August 23

Little Egret...Owl Copse

Juvenile Greenfinch
Painted Lady

Cattle Egret...Halsey field

...with cattle.

Grey the spot previously occupied by the Squacco Heron   

Curlew in harbour
Whimbrel...Whites Creek

Dunlin...old Little Lagoon

Ringed Plover (juv)
Redshank ...old Lt Lagoon
Yellow Wagtail...Breech Pool
Turnstone...Pagham beach

Snipe...Breech Pool
Dunlin...old Little Lagoon area

Sedge Warbler  Breech Pool
Sand Martins...Breech Pool

The moon
Squacco Heron

Curlew alighting

Greenshank....Whites Creek
Herring Gull...3rd cy ?
Little Egret

Kestrel....east side harbour
Black Headed Gulls
Herring Gull
Wheatear...twins ?

Bee....100/400 with x1.4 ex
Humming Bee Hawk Moth all with 100/400 with x1.4 ex

Painted Lady

Willow Warbler....East side 
Whinchat ....near sluice gate 

...and finally a very distant view of a White Tailed Eagle at Pulborough Brooks on August 15

Friday, August 12, 2022

Pagham Harbour....theres' no place quite like it!

 The Squacco Heron was present again today and has created much interest from far and wide.  

However there have been plenty of other birds to see around the reserve and I have taken the opportunity of getting out and about using  my new camera.

Cattle a common daily sight.

Curlew, always showing well throughout the harbour.

Whimbrel..there have been several  feeding and are usually quite easy to spot.

Ringed Plover numbers are a juvenile

...and an adult

Dunlin...small flocks appearing in various states of plumage

Redshank juvenile along Whites creek

Greenshank by the sluice.

Turnstone in partial summer plumage

Little Egret....looking serene on the spit.

...and in more aggressive mood

Herring gull....immature

Sedge Warbler alongside Breech almost completely dry.

A couple of Yellow Wagtails appeared for a couple of days on the Breech pool.

On one morning there were 200+ Sand Martins in the reed bed.

Linnet on dead bramble on Pagham Spit

A few Willow Warblers have been feeding in the bushes

....and this Whinchat was a bit of surprise by the sluice gate this morning.

Nice moon this week, too!