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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.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A Suffolk interlude

A four day visit to the Suffolk coast produced an amazing 89 species of birds. The highlight was undoubtedly the Great White Egret which had been in the area for a few weeks. We first met up with it at its roost site in trees surrounding The Meare at Thorpeness later seeing it on the Levels at Minsmere. A superb drake Smew showed well on East scrape at Minsmere together with a single Ruff and a Spotted Redshank and a Water Pipit was present in the adjacent 'Tarpan' field. The weather was cold, sunny and dry and the Snowdrops in Dunwich were beautiful...see above image.
Back at Pagham this morning the Mediterranen Gulls have become quite noisy and some are now in superb summer plumage although the majority are on the change from winter to summer and look a bit untidy! Four Goldeneye were present on the Lagoon accompanied by six Tufted Duck and two Little Grebes.

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