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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, June 3, 2009

A busy few days

The tail end of last week saw a lot of excitement when a Collared Pratincole turned up on Breach Pool...unfortunately I did not have my camera (Canon 40D) as the fresnel screen had been smashed internally during an emergency stop in Islay recently whilst trying to photograph a Barn Owl....but thats another story! However, after much discussion and email correspondence the Pratincole was subsequently identified as an Oriental Pratincole !

The night before last we took a trip up to Pulborough Brooks and not only did we hear Nightingales but one particularly obliging individual performed for several minutes beautifully exposed on the top of a hawthorn! We felt very privileged as they are usually very well hidden.

This morning on Pagham Spit I disturbed a fox near the Little Lagoon and, as my camera had been repaired and returned yesterday, I was able to get a few shots of it...

...and then in,on and around the hide a squirrel appeared. As the spit is virtually treeless a squirrel is a VERY uncommon occurence.

The beach is looking at its best at present with Valerium and Sea Kale in full bloom and Vipers Bugloss and the very rare Childing Pinks now beginning to blossom.

A view towards Aldwick

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