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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.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The past few days have been relatively quiet for me but visiting birder, Tim from  Bedfordshire has already seen Dartford Warbler and Merlin on the spit and the first Goldeneye of the winter on the lagoon! I missed the first two but have nailed the Goldeneye this afternoon...a distant record shot.
Drake Goldeneye with female Tufted in the middle of the Lagoon.

A pair of Pochard have been present....again difficult to photograph due to distance and poor light. 

Drake Pochard

Drake Tufted Duck

....whilst we are into ducks here is a couple of Wigeon 

...and a trio of Brent Geese 

The harbour is beginning to brim with Geese with Wigeon,Teal and Pintail  all increasing  in numbers every day. 

This morning dawned bright, sunny and cold with ideal conditions for photography but very little to photograph...all too far away, except perhaps this pair of Curlew.
Curlew...magnificent in early morning sunshine.
A Turnstone was enjoying his ablutions....

...watched by his companions who probably felt it was a tad too cool to take a bath!

Back in the garden a group of Starling had invaded the bird bath and all piled in together...complete mayhem in the bathroom!

That's it for this week is Black Redstart week in Pagham and maybe with all the records of Waxwings coming into the East Coast counties and already spreading, just maybe they will arrive in West's hoping!

An interesting sky late this afternoon!

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