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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, October 14, 2011

Pagham airport!!

Well, this morning was very similar to an airport...there were arrivals,there were departures and some birds were just in transit.
The arrivals were the Brents coming in off the sea, several small flocks of 20 or so from the Arctic.
6 Grey Herons were dots to start with but they headed for the harbour and eventually landed....from France possibly.

The departures included Swallows flying along the coast before crossing the English Channel on their way to Africa....and a Chiffchaff in our garden tree feeding up on insects before departure.

...and then there was a Black Redstart on the beach side of the bungalow...I dont know whether he was coming or going but it is always good to see a couple at this time of year on the beach.

There were Meadow Pipits and many Pied Wagtails going east today into the wind (it had gone round overnight) and finches everywhere....mostly Goldfinches, Greenfinches and Linnets but also some Siskins.

More surprisingly for Pagham Spit 19 Magpies arrived from the East...stayed a little while in the gorse and then headed off westwards....and then a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over the harbour from Church Norton and continued on its way without stopping.

From the Spit hide there were 15 Little Egrets feeding just in front with a single Grey Heron.

...and all the while a local Kestrel was hovering over the pebbles searching for some morsel for its breakfast.

...a good Autumn morning!

One of many that dropped in

Some of the many Little Egrets in front of the Spit hide

What a size difference!

The hunting Kestrel

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