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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, April 19, 2013

This and that.

After a quick walk around Pagham Spit first thing the only observation of any note was the presence of a pair of Red Legged Partridges and a female Wheatear  on the beach.  A few (9)  Brent Geese in the harbour and a smattering of Wigeon and Teal and a mixed flock of  Ringed Plover and Turnstone flying up the main channel. Two pairs of Ringed Plovers may be breeding ,at least by their reactions to me.

...and so, over to the North Wall and the very first bird of any note was a Black Swan accompanying  nine Mutes in flight...
This is a striking bird in flight...totally unmistakable!
Next up was a small flock of Black Tailed Godwits.....
Brilliant in the early morning light

Then along to the gurgling Little Egrets in Owl Copse but they were not showing up at all well and I only managed a shot of a Grey Heron attending to nest repairs.

Whilst waiting and watching the heronry the bushes on the other side of the rife were alive with warblers....Blackcaps, Whitethroats, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs.  A resident Cettis was in good voice and a male Reed Bunting was nearby, posing.
After chatting with Peter who was patiently waiting to hear his first Cuckoo I returned to the sluice gates and  and apart from a party of Mute Swans saw little else but enjoyed the peace and the warmth of the sun!

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