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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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Friday, December 4, 2015

Church Norton visit in the sunshine!

Following many  days of gloom it was refreshing to see the sun and it was obviously time to give the camera an airing! A Firecrest and a couple of Dartford Warblers had  recently been noted at Church Norton so that was an obvious choice close to home, especially as I had heard the car park had been transformed from a sea of mud to a respectable proper tarmac area!

Very little life showed up in the Churchyard so a visit to the harbour was next....
Perfect peace and tranquility!
 Little in the way of bird life here so I trudged along the beach to where the signpost points to  the path inland. Suddenly I heard a brief 'churrrr' and a small bird shot out of a bramble and dropped into a bush a little farther along. Another birder was also watching, who I now know to be Ian Redmain but alas the bird did not show again. Ian wandered off but twenty minutes later the Dartford Warbler reappeared albeit very briefly. A few quick shots produced some poor record shots but I was pleased to get anything!
This is the best!

A large 'crop'

It did not show well!

A deer lurked about in the undergrowth...
...but apart from a few over flying Brent there was little else.
We made our way back to the shore hide whereupon Ian pointed out a Whimbrel...the semi resident winter visitor.

Thanks for that Ian and no doubt we will meet again sometime!

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