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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.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Nothing in particular...but still pleasant!

An early morning walk produced nothing particularly noteworthy except that more dog walkers seem to be ignoring the request to keep their hounds on a lead. It worries me more at this time of year when some of the ground nesting birds are starting to stake out their territories.
I watched 2 Skylarks climb into the sky singing all the while as they ascended to probably 3-400feet and then parachute down,circling slowly at first and then,for the last 20 or 30feet or so, plummet rapidly to the spot they'd left 5 minutes earlier.
On the lagoon there are still a pair of Red Breasted Mergansers, a drake Goldeneye with 2 females and about 14 Tufted ducks.
Later in the morning I wandered round to the North Wall and was rewarded with a single Avocet and albino Curlew...a first for me! Grey Plover and Knot had formed a good size flock and many of the Black Tailed Godwits are moulting into summer plumage.
A large flock of Linnets still searching the seed heads in Slipe Field....a Serin was apparently with them earlier in the week but alas,I had no joy!
A Wheatear was reported from Selsey Bill this morning but as yet, I haven't seen one on the beach....and its not for the want of looking!

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