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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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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Disturbance in the Harbour!


Sunshine at last after days of dreariness! Nevertheless on the Spit there was little to get excited about. The reported Red Necked Grebe could be seen but was on the far side of the harbour and photography was not possible. Desperate to use the camera I made 'do' with a Carrion Crow...

Carrion Crow

A Fox watched me as I returned home as he sunbathed by the Lagoon...




Back in the garden a Chiffchaff was feeding in the ivy hedge....we had two Chiffchaffs on Sunday....probably overwintering.






Later in the morning I headed over towards the North Wall noting large flocks of waders resting on the mud flats...this shot of Black Tailed Godwits (mostly)



Lapwings flew lazily overhead...they do have a very lazy flight!





As I  approached the Salt House I was pleased to find Martin and Dave and as we commented on the lack of bird life in the Breech Pool a light  aircraft appeared and we watched for a good five minutes as it repeatedly flew at astonishingly low level to and fro across the harbour putting up all the birds and causing a huge disturbance

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Completely reckless !


Later in the afternoon I couldn't resist the temptation to wander back to to the Spit and admire the setting sun. I was pleased  as a Kingfisher appeared on the rusty metalwork by the Little Lagoon!







Oystercatchers on the tideline in the late afternoon light.







A peaceful end to the day.