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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, July 9, 2012

Pagham spit ...just another day.

This morning was the first time this 'autumn' that I'd seen Commn Sandpipers on the Lagoon....two in fact. A few Swifts were flying purposefully West along the beach and numbers of Curlews are increasing in the harbour; several parties arrived off the sea yesterday. A Lesser Whitethroat has been present in the gorse/bramble since last Friday.
This afternoon my attention was drawn to a Blackbird chasing a Newt across our stabbed at it several times and eventually grabbed it and after a few minutes managed to chop off its tail. This slowed the poor animals progress  but the Blackbird was able to kill it by violent shaking and by banging its head on the ground and eventually flying off with it to its nest. I just hope the youngsters appreciated it!

I found another patch of Childing Pinks today with several doubles amongst them.

Grasshopper  by the path...very small (about 2.5cms)

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