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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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Home and Away.

A honking  Raven greeted me this morning as I did my daily 'spit' round. Still have not seen a Wheatear here!

 On the home front, during the past few days we have been watching a blue tit build a nest in a nest box in our only tree. Because of our beach location this is the first time in 28 years we have ever had a  Blue Tit nesting! Yesterday however a House Sparrow  decided to evict  the tit and it was painful to watch as the pair of Blue Tits were overpowered by the Sparrow time and time again . Some terrible fights took place and at times the birds were rolling about on the ground desperately trying to ward off the intruders. This morning there is no sign of the Blue Tits and a pair of House Sparrows are sitting smugly just outside the entrance hole of the tits home. I've nothing against House Sparrows and went out yesterday and bought a 3-bedroomed terrace in the hope of enticing the Sparrows elsewhere! So far,they have not given it a viewing!

A visit to Southsea this morning and a stop off at the Castle to check for Purple Sandpipers. Access was somewhat difficult as the tide was out and they were therefore quite distant....nevertheless a few record shots.

On the way back stopped off at Baffins Pond and found not one, but three Water Rails, but was faced with a  different probem, photographcally. They were too close and they would constantly remain in long weeds and grass and move very  quickly!

Nice birds though!
....and there was a resplendent drake Shoveler on the pond...

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