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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, May 10, 2013

It's good to be back.....

Following a holiday in Mallorca a quick look around Pagham Spit this morning reinforced a comment made to me whilst in the S'albufera Reserve enquiring where my local patch was, that I lived at Pagham... "wow, what a lucky chap to live there!"

A quick look around the Spit this morning and I noted four Brent Geese still here, a Whimbrel and  3 species of tern including three Little Terns...a good sign. A Great Crested Grebe in the harbour and a pair of Mute  possibly sitting on a nest on New Island...this is the third year they have looked at this site but previously they have not bred. Linnets and Greenfinches were much in evidence in the gorse and a pair of Ringed Plovers looked possible breeders on the beach.

A large seal was languishing in the harbour in front of the bungalows.

As this is a blog mainly about Pagham birdlife I will not include any more about Mallorca and the birds suffice it to say we saw a good number of species we would be delighted to see here more's a taster and I shall be posting a few more on my Flickr site in due course.

Kentish Plover

Woodchat Shrike

Bee Eater

Black tern

Collared Pratincole

Black necked Grebe

Griffon  Vulture
previously mis-identified as an Egyptian Vulture (thanks Alan )

Zitting Cisticola

Purple Heron
Now its time to get out and about and catch up on some of those species I've missed whilst away!

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