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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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A quick check on the Ringed Plovers nest first thing this morning and I was dismayed to find that a bonfire /barbeque had obviously been set up last evening with remains of a fire and empty food containers spread out by the Spit hide.
However the Ringed Plover was still sitting!
It can't be many days before the eggs hatch.
A Whimbrel was feeding along the shore line but soon made off at my approach

...but soon settled down a few yards further along.
 A pair of Spoonbills were preening a long way off...

...and the cuckoo was still present
 Both photos heavily cropped!
Shelducks hang around the rabbit holes at this time every year but due to disturbance they have never nested on the Spit to my knowledge...certainly not in the past 30 years.
 After the early morning inspection on the Spit  I made my way to the North Wall at a little before 8.00am.
  The water level in Breach Pool is virtually non existent so wildfowl are a having a tough time..
 Both the Shelduck and the Mallard family  are groping about in the mud!

A Heron had found a patch of water and presumably it was proving a good feeding ground for the fish were now concentrated in a very small area.
There were several singing Reed Warblers but mostly  keeping well down in the reed bed.

 Perhaps the highlight of the morning was this single Common Tern which suddenly turned up over the pool  but just as quickly returned to the harbour

I love watching these graceful birds as they hover over the water looking for prey...just superb!

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