Top Paragraph

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, October 20, 2015

Another visit to Cissbury.

Time is getting short to see the Ring Ouzels passing through to warmer climes and as today was forecast to be the last decent day for a few days I felt it was now or never for a better photo of an Ouzel.
Arrived at the 'Ouzel'   yew at about 8.00 and a few other birders were there, but no sightings to date. I wandered around the flint mines and then up to the trig point and round about but apart from a few Mistle Thrushes, a couple of Fieldfares, an overflying Nuthatch (!),Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Linnet, Skylarks,Yellowhammers, Great and Blue Tits, a Raven I did not connect with my sought after bird!
I met up with a lady birder from Clymping whose name went straight out of my memory when I fell down a rabbit hole and lay spread eagled on the wet grass with tripod, camera, complete with Big Bertha(500mm Canon) smashing on top of me. Collecting my thoughts and my optical equipment we made our way back to the yew tree, meeting a couple on the way who said they had just had good views of 5 Ouzels!!

Having looked for a little while for any movement in the Yew tree the lady birder (SOS member, I believe)  went in search around the flint mines, saying it would be 'just her luck' if the bird now turned up!! Three minutes later a Ring Ouzel suddenly appeared on an upper a bird...a few shutter clicks later and it disappeared never to be seen again...and neither was the lady from Clymping! Here's what you missed.....what a shame!

At long last I had got a photo a bit better than a 'record'...and here's a sample of the other birds on the 'ring'.

A memorable morning, in more ways than one. ( I must now clean the grass and mud  off my lens!)


Paolo said...

Sounds like a love story - to be continued...

Actually I think I know a poem about this:

There was a young lady from Clymping...

Martin Peacock said...

Nice Ring Ouzel Trevor. I have spent hours up there. I have seen a few birds but have never managed to get on to them for a picture.