Thursday, 10 August 2017
I haven't been out birding much this past couple of months. A combination of a lot of wet weather, a lack of any really inspiring birds in the Sussex area, and an unwillingness to get involved in any long distant twitches.
We did pay a visit to Cliffe Pools to see the Marsh Sandpiper and we did see it but it was very distant. I managed to get a picture although it is not one that I would care to put up on the blog. Frustrating really, it now moves on to my hit list, of nine birds, that I have seen but for which I did not manage to get a decent picture. Although I have to say that is a very subjective view. On a bad day I look at my pictures and think they could all do with improvement.
So today was a fresh start, the first days birding of the rest of my life. You just felt that Autumn was in the air and the migrants were on their way. Sad to say we failed to connect with them but there were a few fledglings around that will soon be migrating in the opposite direction.
The area around the sluice at Pagham North Wall is always a good spot to find baby Swallows at this time of year. Today there were probably three families in the area with about ten hungry mouths waiting to be fed.
Amazing to think that they are just a few weeks out of the egg and in a couple more weeks they will be on their way to Africa.
There were also a good number of Sedge Warbler fledglings in the reeds waiting to be fed.
They were probably just a little bit to eager, climbing to the top of the reeds and calling loudly for their parents. Good for me taking pictures but they are making themselves a bit of a target.
No Sparrowhawks about but there were a pair of Peregrines hunting across the area. These are probably the ground nesting ones from the island in the harbour. I doubt the Chichester Cathedral pair are welcome in the area any more.
Below are a few odd pictures taken earlier in the year. There weren't enough for a blog at the time but they are still worth recording.
The first a Black-tailed Godwit in Summer Plumage, again from the North Wall Pagham.
Ring-necked Parakeets taken at Kew Gardens from the high level walkway. So common in London but still a rarity just fifty miles south.
And two from a quick stop at Fairburn Ings on the way north. I had hoped to see Willow Tits. They were there but not showing in the short time I had. Consolation was from good views of nesting Sand Martins and a few Tree Sparrows.