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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, January 16, 2012

A Non Pagham day....but two life ticks!

In view of the recent TV coverage regarding the Spanish Sparrow I decided it was time to pay a visit to Calshot and maybe call in to the Dark Eared Junco site and perhaps look up the Great Grey Shrike on the way! To cut a long story short we called into the Shatterford car park at the Beaulieu Station location and could not locate the GGS. Then onto  to Hawkhill enclosure where the Junco had been seen 10 minutes earlier....waited fot an hour and a half and then got a 10 second sighting of the Junco before it disappeared...resulting in a couple of very poor images....
The Dark Eyed Junco perched on this branch for all of 3 seconds.

Dark Eyed Junco feeding on seed behind whispy grass creating focusing problems!
..and then on to Calshott where I initially went without camera into the kitchen of the local birder who had kindly opened up his house to all and sundry and got a good view of the Spanish Sparrow on the bird table. Upon returning with the camera I caught a glimpse of the bird but by the time I was set up it disappeared and failed to return whilst I was there!

 Not entirely satisfactory but nevertheless, two lifers, so I can't complain....much!!

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