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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.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Migration is underway!

Having returned from a week in Suffolk on Saturday it was really good to find that migration was well underway in Pagham harbour. During the weekend reports were coming in of some interesting sitings including Ospreys,Honey Buzzards, Spoonbill and a Wryneck. With friends planning to arrive Sunday lunchtime a quick early morning check was essential and produced Redstart, Willow-chiffs and a numerous influx of Wigeon and Teal. It was late afternoon before we could explore the North wall for the Wryneck but alas we dipped out but met a birder who said he'd got some really good photos earlier in the day...have I heard that before!!! Oh yer!
Up bright and early today to find this elusive bird...but again no joy! However 3 Curlew Sandpipers were showing well by the Salthouse.The huge flock of 100+ Yellow Wagtails were still present albeit in slightly less numbers. Lesser Whitethroats and Common whitethroats were very evident,Cettis Warblers were calling everywhere, a Water Rail was doing his 'squealy pig' thing and a Kingfisher rounded off a good morning.
In the afternoon my first Brent Goose of the winter showed up, 37 Grey Plovers (in various states of summer/winter plumage) were accompanied by Knot,Dunlin and Turnstone.
5 wheatears darted along the path 'chacking' and showing off their white rear really does feel Autumny!!

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