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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, March 30, 2012

The return of the Little Ringed Plover

A walk around the spit proved uneventful. Only 16 Brent geese from the hide (more Shelducks than Brent), a few Grey Plovers, Dunlin and Turnstone and the whole harbour looked deserted compared to recent weeks and before I was away for a few days in Suffolk. The Red Breasted Merganser that spent last summer here is still around and most of her associates have gone except one male I saw flying up channel.
However having noted that Peter Callis had repoted an  LRP yesterday I took a stroll to Breech Pool and initially failed to find it but patience rewarded and eventually it came into view..a bit distant but a record....

A couple of Black Tailed Godwits were having a real ding-dong and repeatedly had a 'go' at each other!
An angry Mute Swan on Breech pool
....still giving chase!

...a very different scene.
Heard a Blackcap singing in the vicarage garden and noticed this Woodpigeon sunning itself in the wam sunshine...oh! so peaceful!
I am getting into mothing and having made a moth trap tried it out last night and caught just 3 moths.

Earl Grey

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Double striped pug, Gymnoscelis pumilata

..and finally a few photos from the Suffolk trip....

Marsh Harrier...Minsmere

Wood Lark...Dunwich Heath

Avocet...East hide Minsmere

Tree Creeper

Glossy Ibis...Eastbridge spoiled by heat haze (it was very hot for March in the UK! )

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