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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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Monday, March 13, 2017

A sunny last!

A great start to the day with bright sun and only a little N.W. wind . The pair of Wheatears had stayed overnight and the male looked great in the sunshine...

I can't help myself from taking photos of these brilliant birds when they first arrive!

The only other bird worthy of note on my local patch this morning was this Curlew although there was a skylark singing his heart out high over the top. 

I hadn't been to the North Wall for a couple of weeks as the weather had been so dire but today was a 'must'!

Plenty of Black tailed Godwits  in front of the Salthouse..............

 The Herons were active and could be heard making their characteristic calls from deep inside the heronry.

 However, there was not a lot of other activity apart from singing Cettis Warblers and Reed Buntings and this Wren skulking through the undergrowth.  

 Hopefully  it wont be too long before the reedbed is full of Sedge and Reed Warblers.

On my return there was a single Spotted Redshank feeding in the channel....

 ...and a  female Wigeon joined some others feeding nearby

A Mute Swan flew over at low altitude....

 ...and a flock of Curlew headed out to harbour.

Apart from that, not a lot was happening so I made my way up to the Burgh,  in search of the reported Hen Harrier.
 Four distant Red Kites, five Buzzards and a Sparrow Hawk were the only raptors in two hours.

A distant Red Kite 

...and just a pair of was hard work!

Here's to another day!

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