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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, December 10, 2011

..another week goes by

....but there's not a lot to report from Pagham Spit.
Red Breasted Mergansers are increasing and the female Goosander is still around. After the winds on Friday 4 Gadwall arrived in front of the Spit hide...unusual for the harbour. Off shore a first winter Eider and several Slavonian Grebes together with several Great Crested Grebes. Huge numbers of Lapwings in the harbour accompanied by Golden Plovers plus all the usual wintering waders.

A trip out to Waltham Brooks produced a couple of Short Eared Owls.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming somewhat unseasonally and a visit to The Burgh at Burpham at last produced the Rough Legged Buzzard for me (third time lucky)...unfortunately too far away for a photo. At least 6 other Common Buzzards, Red Kite and Kestrel were present but I left too soon to see the close up view of a Merlin which arrived very shortly after  I had moved on. ...usual story!

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