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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, March 8, 2016

A local day out.

It was a bright sunny morning with a good forecast so, as I have not been to Pulborough Brooks for some time, this was my first stop. I arrived before the Centre opened so I had the place to myself.  A few Redwings and Fieldfares were calling and some were feeding in the lower field....

As I entered the West Meads hide the vista was amazing....the South Downs were shrouded in early morning mist and the water supported dozens of ducks looking absolutely resplendent in Spring plumage!
Drake Shoveler


Shoveler and Teal (asleep)

 In addition there were Pied Wagtails...

and Lapwings
...looking resplendent in their iridescent plumage

But the highlight were the seven Snipe feeding on the grass just in front of the hide....

Stunning birds!

Time for a wander in the woods...

Great Spotted Woodpecker


On to Waltham Brooks...


A particularly pale this a 'Sibe' anyone?
Goldcrests galore but well nigh impossible to capture...such fast little movers. Dozens of blank photos and almost no 'keepers'...

The best of a disappointing lot!
Finally to Arundel WWT to improve on my previous Firecrest shots...not a sighting in two hours!!
A passing Red Kite ...
...with a bird in its talons
A Long Tailed Tit

and finally...........................

A Water Vole as I was the entrance.

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