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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.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wader numbers continue to increase with Whimbrel passing through  giving their characteristic piping call announcing their presence. A few Swifts fly west daily but numbers have dwindled to a trickle. The most unusual birds seen from the Spit hide this morning were a pair of  Cape Shelducks right out in the middle of the harbour hence the poor record shots.. least the drake showed off the typical  white underwing

It would appear that Starlings have had a good breeding season judging by the number of juvs about and Greenfinches and Linnets youngsters are much in evidence. A juv Skylark was dust bathing in the  old car park area this morning.
 Incidentally a Red Legged Partridge turned up just in front of our beach bungalow late this afternoon but as I got my camera out to get a shot, a dog walker with 3 dogs created havoc chasing the bird away.

Linnets feeding on weed seeds

As it is school holiday time, a visit to the New Forest was called for yesterday by my grandaughter so it was a good opportunity to capture a few examples of the wildlife in the   WildlifeCentre.  It is always quite challenging to photograph captive animals and birds through in their resticted areas and it is not the purpose of this blog so just a random three shots.

European Otter

Snowy Owl

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