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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.

Monday, July 25, 2011

My first returning Wheatear.

Wheatear .....on the  lookout before the sea crossing!
This morning felt distinctly 'autumny'...with a heavy dew on the car and a bit of a nip in the air at 7.00am. No real surprise then that my first returning Wheatear was on one of the fence posts near the Little Lagoon.

Little else about but really good to see that a pair of skylarks have had breeding success and were seen with 2 fledged youngsters. Yesterday morning as I came out of the Spit Hide with a couple of visiting birdwatchers we watched a skylark gathering a beakfull of grubs down to within 3 metres....much to the delight of the visitors saying....'closest we've have ever seen a Skylark'. I had the camera with me here's an Oystercatcher enjoying the peace before the dog walkers!

Early afternoon and more visitors....this time in the shape of TV cameras and reporters presumably to report on the serious erosion problems on the beach and the fate of the beach bungalows which seem to be low priority compared to a rare snail...2mm in length which might be somwwhere on the shingle bank and must NOT be disturbed!!

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