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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, May 20, 2017

Another couple of days on Pagham Spit.

On Friday morning there was a single Wheatear flitting from post to post as I approached the harbour mouth....
Keeping me under surveillance!

Apart from this overnight newcomer there was little else apart from two pairs of Skylarks singing and repeatedly dropping onto one of the posts...

With crest raised.

The Cuckoo has been 'cuckooing' for hours on end and continues to feed on the caterpillars of the Brown Tailed Moth which have become a real menace. Having stripped all the foliage off all the blackberry bushes they have  moved into the gardens and are now exploring anything and everything, even crawling up the walls, window panes and sometimes coming indoors!

We need a lot more Cuckoos to control these beasts!

This evening in quite a stiff breeze all three Tern species were patrolling the main inlet to the harbour...

Common Tern with fish.

The smallest and rarest...the Little Tern

The largest and most plentiful....the Sandwich Tern.

...and that's it for this week.

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