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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.
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Friday, July 31, 2009

One of several Willow Warblers

Yesterday morning started well with a flurry of warblers in the gorse along the track to the hide...several Willow Warblers a Whitethroat and quite unexpectedly a Sedge Warbler.
Unfortunately, someone had been into the hide where the Swallows are nesting and left the door swinging and banging in the wind. They hadn't even fixed the wire back around the clasp. The good news is that the Swallow parents were still feeding and continue to do so today...they must fledge soon.
A visit to Pulborough Brooks produced a Greenshank, several Redshanks, Common Sandpipers and a single Green Sandpiper. For me however the bird of the day was a splendid male Crossbill 'chipping' on the topmost branch of a pine tree.

Back on Pagham Spit today it is quite quiet with a few passing Sandwich Terns and few waders except for a couple of Whimbrel and the usual Oystercatchers etc. There has been a steady westerly movement of hirundines, mostly Sand Martins. I am expecting a returning Wheatear any time now. My records show that they usually show up July 31/August 1.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this wonderful info and the photo. We were lucky enough to be able to see two willow warblers by the harbour today (near the NR) - identified through your splendid photo. Thank you!