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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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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Jack Snipe!!


This was definitely the highlight of the morning....thanks to the eagle eye of local birder Les ...a great spot! 

It was difficult to see even after we could locate it at the far side of the Breech Pool. Once it started bobbing up and down it became a little more obvious!

Birds in the harbour were constantly on the move and at one time a Peregrine caused mayhem! The Golden Plover which were happily resting in the saltmarsh....

...suddenly took flight 

...together with the Lapwings

...and the Brent Geese

Apart from a Peregrine and a Sparrow Hawk in the harbour three Marsh Harriers were cruising over the reedbed

Wigeon were feeding close to the Salthouse and allowed some closeups especially this particularly confiding drake.

In the late afternoon I noticed that the female Goldeneye had been joined by another on the Lagoon...but still no drake.

Out on the Church Norton spit the familiar figure of a local birder and his dog were seen probably photographing the four Goosanders at the harbour mouth.

Yesterday I was able to approach a couple of Grey Plovers which seemed to have taken a liking to what was the Little Lagoon but now virtually drains out at low tide and affords a good feeding ground.

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