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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.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A few days holiday in Suffolk afforded a couple of visits to Minsmere but birding was quiet.  The RSPB is currently in in a state of organised chaos with new buildings and extensions creating havoc in the reception area  and sea defence work being carried out by the Environment Agency putting the North Wall out of bounds and making access to the beach difficult.

A visit to the newly erected  Island Mere hide was greeted with surprise as the srtucture is now anything but a 'hide'. My opinion is that the birds have got betters views than ever of the humans attempting to get a glimpse of them...give me the old fashioned wooden flaps any day rather than the all glass 'conservatory' look!

We saw few birds from this spot but  were rewarded by the appearance of a couple of Whooper Swans on the East Scrape

Elsewhere on the reserve birding was quiet and even this Green Woodpecker was hiding!

A late afternoon visit to the nearby North Warren reserve was rewarded with a murmuration of starlings going to roost and 5 Marsh Harriers but the light was just not sufficient to get a photograph of the harriers.

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