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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.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

An early walk along Pagham Spit revealed just one Wheatear and one Whinchat.....
Whinchat....always a good bird to see  and photograph especially in the low early morning sunshine.

Nothing much else about so decided on a visit to Church Norton and found the car park was already quite full at 9.30 so thought this augured well. As I was setting up the tripod  I heard the  familiar voice of Peter C. proclaiming doom and gloom...nothing about except a pigeon from the hide! Later met Andrew H ...same story.
Unfortunately they were right and the only bird of interest was a Greenshank feeding not too far away....

I decided to stay on for a bit longer but after a couple of hours  strolled back through the churchyard having only seen one female Blackcap in the bushes. All was not lost however and a couple of Spotted Flycatchers were feeding from the dead pine at the far end of the path...and that was my highlight of a very quiet morning.

A flock of 10 Long Tailed Tits flitted through the hawthorns but as ever very difficult to capture a good image.
Long tailed Tit
...and that was that...a little disappointing but a very pleasant warm morning.
Oh...and here's a few Little Egret shots taken after I saw the Whinchat first thing.

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