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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.

Thursday, November 18, 2010 uncertain looking morning...weatherwise

...but plenty of birdlife, both in quantity and quality.

The image above shows just a portion of the c1000/1200 flock of Black -tailed Godwits wheeling in front of the spit amazing site and the chattering calls of a thousand plus birds just incredible.  Another flock of about 350 Knot on the shingle bank plus big flocks of Lapwing and Golden Plover plus smaller numbers of Grey Plover, Turnstone,Oystercatchers and a group of 9 Avocets swimming like ducks near the saltmarsh.

Duck numbers are still increasing with Wigeon in poll position but with good numbers of Teal, Pintail, Shoveler and a few Red Breasted Mergansers and now 5 Goldeneye on the Lagoon with Tufteds and 3 Pochard. 

The Brent Geese would appear to have had a good breeding season as numbers of young bird seem higher than recent years

Later in the morning I visited the north wall and was pleasantly surprised to find a Black Brant with a small flock of Brents close enough to photograph with my p.a.s. compact.

Click on the image for a full size 'grainy' !

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