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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.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

...back from Suffolk

...and a quick walk along Pagham Spit was a necessity before Sunday morning service in brilliant sunshine. The bushes were full of Chiffchaffs and a few obliging Wheatears so  I quickly returned for the camera just in case there was something a little more exciting.  As it happened there were no surprises but the best sighting was a Lesser Whitethroat but no photo regrettably. However the Chiffs were approachable so the shutter was clicking furiously...

...and best of all perhaps.
Just a couple of Wheatears feeding along the tideline and hopping into the gorse as dog walkers passed by in a continuous stream!
Five Meadow Pipits were also disturbed before taking off for a more peaceful location. The Peregrine was at the normal island spot accompanying a Heron.

As I returned the 4 Lagoon  Cygnets that have now grown up appear to be separated from their parents and flew overhead quite close!

Three of the four Cygnets

Two of the four!
One of the four...close up!
...and just a note about Suffolk or perhaps a few photos... initially the week was fine and migration did not produce anything of note.
The highlight had to be the three Great White Egrets at Minsmere viewable from  Island Mere but only distant and hence record shots only.

A Kingfisher performed to the side of the hide at Island Mere but it was late in the afternoon and the sun was almost directly behind!

The following morning in drizzle a Lesser Whitethroat put in an appearance outside our s/c dwelling

....and today  note on Bird Guides that a Red Backed Shrike has turned up a 100yds from where we were staying! Tha'ts birding for you!!

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