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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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Butterfies not birds are the order of the day!

A major invasion took place yesterday when hundreds of Painted Lady butterflies descended on the beach throughout the afternoon and evening. I have never seen so many butterflies..they were everywhere. Today despite the wind changing from a light Southeaster to a brisk North Westerly they are still very evident clinging to the pebbles on the beach and flying in small groups of 5 or 6. Although they are being battered by the wind amazingly they are still able to stick close together. I understand there has been an enormous migration over Italy and northwards during this past week and a major influx has been noted in many areas.

We have a lot of Little Terns present at the moment and they along with a few Common and Sandwich Terns are finding a good food supply just off shore...a fantastic sight and a wonderful sound!

1 comment:

Rambling Rob said...

Great numbers of Painted Ladies on the IoW, too. Saw my first middle of last week. This afternoon I had one accompany me for around 50 yards while cycling in Adgestone - they are quite speedy fliers.