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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.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Spoonbills and an update.

Five Spoonbills have been in the harbour for the past few days but this morning was my first opportunity to catch up with them. Alas, it was raining at 7.00am when I hoped to get out but within a couple of hours the weather improved. Initially I could only find four birds but the fifth was a litle way away from the rest and, with headed tucked well under its wing, was not easily picked out from all the gulls.

Peregrine in fast flight.
As I watched they were all spooked by a Peregrine which was actually to my advantage as I grabbed a few flight photos before they landed slightly closer than they were at first...not that close though!

Two of the birds were ringed so hopefully someone will know their origin...France maybe?

Other birds noted during the morning......

Newly arrived Pintails

...also Wigeon coming into their autumn/winter quarters.

Distant Redshank, Greenshank and a Dunlin(in the centre)

Mute Swan flypast

During the last few days of last week a few birds turned up on Pagham Spit that were obviously on the move



Reed Bunting
  ...and finally one of dozens of Red Admirals about in this mornings sunshine.

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