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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.

Friday, February 25, 2011

School half term

Amusing grandchildren has been a challenge this week but I did manage to get to the local RSPB Pulborough Brooks Reserve yesterday but without a camera with my very keen birdwatching 10year old granddaughter. The feeding station was incredibly busy with Blue, Great, Coal and Marsh Tits all present accompanied by Nuthatches, Robin, Dunnocks and Blackbirds...all within a few feet away whilst having hot chocolate...very pleasant.
From the hides, hundreds of Lapwing,Wigeon,Teal and a score or so Golden Plover and  unusually (apparently), a Curlew.  A Peregrine was perched very obligingly in a tree giving excellent views from the'hanger.' 
As a bonus we had close up views of an Adder and on the way home I noted my first Brimsone butterly of the year near Amberley.

Whilst yesterday was bright and sunny today has been mostly dull and misty but with an absence of recent photographs here is a female House Sparrow taken in the garden this morning and a shot of a pair of Goldeneye on the Lagoon this afternoon ... I am sure they will be heading north soon.

...only a sparrow but look closely at the varied colours in the plumage (click on image)
Goldeneye still present on the Lagoon...several females but only this one Drake

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