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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, October 19, 2018

An early start

I was up before the sun arose at the North Wall, Pagham Harbour in the hope of seeing the seven Cattle Egrets reported a couple of days ago. Although I was reasonably pleased with the group I captured a week or so previously there is always room for improvement!
At 7.34 a Mute Swan took flight in Whites Creek..

..and then a small flock of Canada Geese was just caught in the sun above the trees of Owl Copse

...and then a single Cattle Egret flew up from the field just beyond the Breech Pool catching me unawares...a few grab shots but these are  the only ones in reasonable focus with the sun just lighting up the underwings. It flew off in a northerly direction and that was it...gone!

The only other excitement was meeting Owen and hearing his ventures to Shetland(in the rain) seeing a Lanceolated Warbler ++ and a twitch to Lands End (there and back in a day) to see the much publicised Catbird!
Whilst chatting, this Grey Wagtail showed up by the sluice gate.

A flock of Lapwings  joined the waders in the harbour

A Cettis Warbler sang in a nearby bush and a Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank called from the creek.Pleasant!

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