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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, May 30, 2024

Red-Necked Phalarope!!

 When a WhatsApp message came up reporting a Red-Necked Phalarope on the Ferry this was a bird not to be missed. So a hurried change of plans for the day resulted in an an immediate visit to the RSPB info centre where parking was very difficult. It wasn't as a result of a massive twitch but there was, in fact,  a  pond dipping event going on! Children and parents everywhere.

Having reached the hide there were only four other birders present and after some help in locating the bird through the 'scope at the far end of the pool I decided it was almost too distant for photography but I gave it a go and here are a few record shots....heavily cropped. 

I picked it out initially being chased by an Avocet

...and then noticed the difference in size between it and a Redshank!

It was a long way off...

...but nevertheless I was delighted to see it

I later learned that the previous occurrence of a RNP at Pagham Harbour was 2015. 

It really was a stonking bird.

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