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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.

Monday, May 23, 2022

A week in Suffolk.

Glossy Ibis...Minsmere 

We have just arrived back from  10 days in Suffolk, staying at Thorpeness just a few miles south of RSPB Minsmere. Having had many holidays since our first visit in 1970 we really do know the area very well!
We visited Minsmere almost every day, usually in the morning and again in the evening before or after closing time to avoid the busy visitor time. The morning visit would conclude at the cafe  coinciding with their opening time at 10.00. (They do serve good hot chocolate and an excellent range of cakes and we were on holiday!)
Birding never disappoints and this year was no exception except that we happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time on no less than four occasions and dipped out on....5 Bee-Eaters, a Golden Oriole, 2 Cranes and a Purple Heron!  But that's birding!
The two Glossies were good to see, the Stone Curlews were in their usual site (but no photos this time) and most of the usual suspects were showing well.  We saw, on two separate occasions, a stoat transferring her kits to a new home but again no photo!
However here are a few photos mostly taken at Minsmere during our stay.


Great White Egret
Grey Heron...closeup

Egyptian Goose
Canada Goose family
Shoveler (drake)


Common Sandpiper


Common Tern
Common Gull


Marsh Harrier being harassed by Black Tailed Godwits

Marsh Harrier


Dartford Warbler...Dunwich Heath
Reed Warbler
Sedge Warbler

...and finally  a Painted Lady.

A good week and good weather!

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