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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, February 21, 2013

It's Half Term!

A trip to RSPB Pulborough Brooks is a 'must' for my grand daughter at half term so, on Monday after checking for Waxwings in Durrington it was up to the brooks.

A Song Thrush met us whilst waiting for opening time

..and then we visited most of the hides before taking lunch and  then headed off to Waltham Brooks to check on the reported Barn Owl. After a walk and a short wait we spotted it in the far distance and eventually it came towards us and flew low over the reed bed affording a few shots against the light with my 400mm. Not bad as record shots but  'could have done better'!

Next day with perfect lighting, it was over to the Long Pool at Sidlesham for the long staying Bearded Tits. Did they show? Not a 'ping'.

..but a passing adult male Marsh Harrier made up for their absence!
(a special thank you to Alan Kitson for 'phoning me to say I had posted this originally as a Buzzard!!...thanks  Alan)
Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

 ...and a female reed Bunting

.....and incidentally the beach is vibrating to the sound of diggers and lorries carting tons of shingle from A to B in an effort to prevent some of the bungalows being swallowed up by the ever approaching sea, before something more permanent is put in place by September!
There is a promise of up to 100 visits by barges bringing in huge granite rocks from Norway and creating a
 revetment  in front of the most vulnerable properties which will have a life of 50 years. Hey ho!!

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