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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.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

An early start

Up before breakfast this morning....VERY cold and VERY frosty. The edge of the harbour was frozen along the high tide line indicating it was really VERY cold in the middle of the night!
The Purple Sandpiper was difficult to locate as it was feeding on the Little Lagoon and could have been easily tended to merge into the seaweed and if I didn't expect it to be there I doubt if I would have seen it.
7 Female Goldeneye were accompanied by 2 drakes in the main channel occasinally throwing their heads back in there typical display 'mode'.
It was unusually still and totally windless which is quite uncommon for Pagham Spit and even the birdlife was quiet apart from a few Skylarks calling as they flew up from virtually under my feet.
Later in the morning I looked out the window to see a small flock of Gannets in the bay diving into the sea having obviously found some fish near the shoreline....always a wonderful sight and even better on a cold winters day from the warmth of the living room!

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