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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, February 18, 2017

Bits and pieces from the week.

Wednesday started bright and sunny and the Starlings were  trying to attract females with typical wing flapping displays...maybe Spring isn't too far away!

Looking very smart!
On Thursday there was some interesting activity off the beach but too far out to capture on camera...a single Great Northern Diver, seven Slavonian Grebes, three Eider Ducks and six Great Crested Grebes.
On Friday a visit to West Wittering to check on the long staying Snow Buntings was successful but the birds were flighty and the invasion of dog walkers made the morning challenging! It took a little time to locate them ... their plumage just melted into the pebbles..see below!

However with patience and fieldcraft a few photos were obtained..

                                                       Despite them being a bit 'jumpy'!

On the way home I checked into Ivy Lake.... the Long Tailed Duck was still present but distant.

This morning dawned bright and sunny and remained so all day. Ringed plovers were very active on the beach and displaying madly showing off their erratic display flight...a real taste of Spring in the air.
 Lovely birds always a delight to watch.

On just returning home this bird made me look twice... a very bedraggled Meadow Pipit on a neighbours wall. It had just flown up from a roadside puddle.

Well that's it for another week.....what excitement will next week produce!

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