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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, September 21, 2012

Pagham is best!

Having just returned from two weeks in Suffolk and Norfolk I still conclude that Pagham Harbour takes a lot of beating!

Having stepped out the front door first thing this morning I was greeted by hundrds of Sand Martins flying to and fro and gathering on the 'phone lines,

...then it was up to the Spit hide to check to see how many ducks and waders had arrived during the past 14 days. I was surprised to see a fisherman pole fishing for Mullet...a first for me as I had never befors seen this method used in the harbour.
Pole fishing
Mid afternoon I decided to see what was happening at Breech Pool...I was not disappointed as there were  Greenshanks, Spotted Redshanks,  Little Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, Snipe, Black Tailed Godwits and best of all a Little first this Autumn.

...and as the evening drew near the sky filled with Hirundines, mostly Swallows and the calls of the overflying Curlews could be heard as they flew to roost as the light faded....Pagham magic!

That is not to say chasing a Barred Warbler in Holme or finding Pec Sands in Minsmere and Titchwell and watching hundreds of Pink Feet coming into Cley wasn't  great birding, but its always good coming back to your home patch.

Here are  a few pics .....................

Spoonbills Redwell , Holme

Bar tailed Godwits

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Barn Owl at dusk...Redwell marsh

Juvenile Gannets passing off shore wind farm.

Bar tailed Godwit...Titchwell beach

Avocet...from Parinder hide Titchwell

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