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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.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

An improvement in the weather!

This week has proved quiet on Pagham Spit but the Lagoon has held Red Breasted Merganser, Goldeneye, Pochard and the usual flock of Tufted Ducks and the resident Mallards. Lapwing numbers are getting less and the Brents give the impression of getting restless and are particularly noisy at night! Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Dunnocks and a Song Thrush have started to sing and this morning a pair of Ringed Plovers were  madly dashing around  in 'display flight' they do! A Chiffchaff was flitting about in a neighbours garden and there was a feel that Spring may not be far away!

Yesterday I visited the Worthing area and paid a visit to Warnham  with the intention of photographing the Brambling reported there!

First stop and success at Goring by Sea with the Snow Bunting....

...and then up to Warnham for the Brambling. It was good to meet up again  with Sandra Palme who had had the good fortune of having a Brambling in her garden recently ! However having waited for an hour for the bird, my Grandson and I decided to have a cafe break and on returning to the Kingfisher hide was told we had missed the Brambling!  Typical!
Nevertheless there was plenty of other birdlife and here's a sample




Reed Bunting

Long Tailed Tit

......and two colourful crows


...time to return to the Worthing area and a chance to check for Waxwings in Durrington...and yes....success!


Not a bad half day!

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