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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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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Suffolk few days!

Four short days in Suffolk turned out to be quite productive even though it was not a birding holiday. The North Warren marshes held good numbers of Geese and Duck and most surprising was the presence of 4 Red Breasted Geese (of dubious origin...maybe) and Barnacles but some 'genuine' WhiteFronted geese and 4 Pink Footed Geese...not seen so often in Suffolk. A visit to Minsmere did produce a few Waxwings which were quite elusive and very mobile but nevertheless did show for a short time for a few photos.
More of a surprise was a confiding Water  Rail that was unphased by a number of admirers on the North wall. In addition we were treated to a ringtail Hen harrier, Bittern, Marsh Harriers and the usual duck species and 2 Bewick Swans on Island Mere.

The four Red Breasted Geese

Barnacle Geese on the alert.

A Waxwing in the North bushes


Water Rail in a ditch.

On returning home we put a couple of fat balls out and within a minute a male Blackcap turned up and started feeding on them. It is common knowledge that some Blackcaps winter in the UK and it is not unusual to see them at feeding stations but in 26 years on Pagham Beach this was a first for us!!

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