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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.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Scaup, still on the Lagoon.

An early morning visit to the North Wall... Cettis, Sedge and Reed Warblers very active and very vocal, a Turtle Dove purring in the Honer Farm trees and then two calling Avocets  flew in and started feeding on the mudflats just in front of me (no camera,of course! ).

Back to the Lagoon a little later (with Camera!)where the female  Scaup was still accompanying the Tufted Ducks..

Female Scaup on the viewed from just east of  'Laguna'

Having noted that Andrew House had seen a Spoonbill yesterday morning and that  it was seen again last night I was disappointed not to find it near the islands as reported. (I did find Andrew searching for it in vain!). There were a few Sandwich, Common and Little Terns fishing and except for a Peregrine little else of special note.
A moulting Sandwich Tern
The Childing Pinks were late in blooming this year and the one's I have found are much smaller than last year....presumably because of the late spring .If anyone wants to see a few,  check just below  the old No. 10 trail post just before the lone apple tree on the way to the Spit hide.

Childing Pink 

The Environment Agency has started work on strengthening the 'causeway' and off loaded some heavy gear this morning in the old car parking area.

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