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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, April 28, 2011

Pagham is quiet

..but Pulborough Brooks is alive with Warblers!
Garden warbler in song

Male Blackcap

Nightingale showing its wonderful russet rump and tail

Nightingale singing...they can be VERY elusive!
Had a good day yesterday at the local RSPB reserve and got some reasonable shots of  some of them!

Monday, April 18, 2011

A missed Mega!

Whilst wandering around Pollensa in Northern Mallorca last week a text message came up showing a Little Crake only a few miles from home in Arundel. I was 750 miles away as the crow flies!

However the Serins, Black Winged Stilts, Griffon Vultures and the rest were not bad compensation.

Back on Pagham Spit the Linnets are building nests and from a quick look a few Brents remain but all the winter ducks seem to have departed.  A Cuckoo was calling from the Sidlesham side of the reserve.

.....and of course the Little Crake had long gone from Arundel!

Sunday, April 3, 2011


 5 Swallows flew over the bungalow at 8.30am this morning...the first sighting is always very welcome and  although I know others have seen them prior to today it was the  first of the summer for me here at Pagham.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Another 'first' for Pagham !

Siamesed Brent Geese have been seen over Pagham Harbour This extraordinary sighting has been witnessed by a Chichester Observer reader, David Illman this week. Despite their unusual anatomy they did not seem disadvantaged. This poses puzzles for scientists. How did the twins originate? They would surely have to come from a double- yolked egg.  Such a phenomenon is not unusual.
More details can be found in this weeks edition of the Chichester Observer and is supported by Davids visiting birders please look out.

I have been out early this morning and most of the Brent Geese have gone but a good look at those remaining did not reveal this unusual pair. Perhaps we should prepare for a mega twitch today!