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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.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

An Even Colder Morning.

Frozen pipes and no water in the bathroom signified a cold start to the morning!

The Lagoon is 99% frozen over with a small patch of water occupied by gulls (including Meds)4 Pochard and a few Tuftys. A Water Rail was seen by one birder skating!

...but the place to watch is the sea ! Approximately 60 Great Crested Grebes, Slavonian Grebes, Red Throated Divers, Great northern Divers (2), Eider Ducks, Velvet Scoters, Common Scoters, Cormorants, Teal, Wigeon, Brent Geese and numerous Gulls...fantastic. Along the shoreline waders galore....Turnstone, Dunlin, Ringed Plovers, Grey Plovers, Curlew, Redshank. All in all good for birders but perhaps not so good for the birds being driven to the coast by the freezing conditions. Hopefully we should see some Smew if the temperatures don't improve!

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