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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.
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Spring has last!

A sunny start to the morning and a wander around the spit with camera. Greenfinches seem particularly numerous at present and the males are very tempting photographic subjects!

Greenfinch in sunshine!

..and another!

Wing stretching or displaying.

I had hoped I would find a Wheatear near the hide where it was on Saturday when I was without my camera but it was nowhere to be seen. Returning along the beach I found a single Ringed Plover who was viewing me suspiciously and I suspect may have a mate on a nest further up the beach. A quick photo and I left him in peace.
Ringed Plover eyeing me suspiciously.

As I was walking back to the path a white flash....the rump of a Wheatear and a second . Both birds allowed me to approach until within range and hey presto! my first Wheatear images this season.
Male Wheatear

Wheatear female
Spring really is on the way
..and then 2 Swallows flew in off the sea!

Mid afternoon I checked the North Wall and a pair of Swallows have returned to the barn in the horses field and a Sedge Warbler was singing in the reed bed. A drake Gadwall on the pools.

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