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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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Friday, September 17, 2021

The past couple of days....trouble along Whites Creek.

 Yesterday morning dawned bright, sunny and clear. A wander along Whites Creek was rewarding for the number and varieties of  ducks and waders which had arrived in the past few days. Grey Plovers and a single Golden Plover accompanied Dunlin, Knot and Black Tailed Godwits. Wigeon and Teal numbers had increased and a few Pintail were present. Great Crested Grebes were swimming happily in the main channel.

I was just photographing a couple of Turnstones perched on a rock and enjoying  the peace and quiet of the place when suddenly every bird took off . To my utter dismay a couple of unleashed dogs raced out across the salt marsh and that was the end of my peaceful photographic session.

A Sparrow Hawk was near the sluice gate with Cettis Warblers singing together with Whitethroats and Willow/Chiffs.



Today was a little less sunny but nevertheless very pleasant. Again I was along Whites Creek at about 10 past 9 admiring the ducks and waders when again they all suddenly took off. My immediate thought  was dog disturbance again. How wrong I was! An Osprey was being escorted along the Creek towards the harbour entrance by Corvids! I wasn't quite quick enough with the camera but managed a few rear view shots. 

Time was short again today so I had to return but not before photographing this Reed Bunting near the sluice gate bushes.

...and the Turnstones were now  feeding (and turning stones!) just below the salthouse....but undisturbed today, thankfully.

Back home a Stock Dove was ambling through the flower bed and onto the lawn. It has been a regular visitor of late.

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