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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.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Early on the North Wall and Paghham Spit

As I pulled back the curtains and looked out across the bay towards the Mulberry the sun had just emerged from a cloud was beckoning me to get out and enjoy the early morning sounds and smells of another Autumn day.It was cold along the North Wall and two  Lapwings were having a seemed almost to be defending a territory whilst being dive bombed by the other.

The Aggressor
The Defender
Looking harassed

..and perplexed 
...and very 'put out'

A nearby Curlew was not in the least concerned! the early morning sunlight.

  Meanwhile on the Breech Pool all was quiet with Teal and Mallard feeding happily

A happy Teal!

and several Black Tailed Godwits feeding close to the pathway...

...all in winter plumage now.

A Mute Swan skimmed over my head...

..too close to get the whole bird in the picture.

Whilst a Water Rail ...
..scuttled along the reed bed almost out of sight.
A pair of Wood Pigeons watched me as I departed.
Back along Pagham Spit an hour or so later the Stonechat was still present 
just outside the hide..
..perched as ever at the top of a bush, a very attractive bush!
My biggest surprise of the morning was the presence of a Jay with an acorn...just along the path to all the current workings designed to prevent the sea from the harbour over topping, at high tide.

Sometimes these birds fly overhead but I can't remember ever seeing one at this spot ...and where did the acorn come from?

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