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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.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

An Owl!

A short walk around the Spit early afternoon produced a Short Eared Owl on the marsh (thanks to eagle eyed Peter Callis! ). It was alert and looking around and never moved away all the time I was watching it ; four walkers who stopped to look  were very impressed having looked through the 'scope.
Whilst talking to Peter a Peregrine flew along the spit in straight flight and as it  moved over the water it suddenly accelerated in a dramatic nose dive but quickly disappeared and moments later landed on New Island...its usual 'spot' but it was unclear whether it had been successful .

Duck and wader numbers continue to drop but a few Goldeneye are still about mostly on the Lagoon. The Mediterranean Gulls are becoming quite noisy and a number of them are in full adult summer plumage.

Unusually, we have 3 Robins in our small is obviously unwelcome!! Iwonder why?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A Chiffchaff spent most of the afternoon in bushes on the beach side of 53 West Front Road today (20th). Also 3 Scaup (2 female, 1 probably 1W female, though distant) in Pagham harbour, 160 Mediterranean Gulls and yesterday a fantastic leucistic Curlew roosting up to 4pm, completely creamy white!


Ian (Ian McKerchar