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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.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Freezing Cold Morning

A Sylark feeding along the high tide line.

Walking along the beach this morning was like walking on lumpy concrete...totally frozen! The birds are becoming a bit disorientated with ducks searching for unfrozen water. The main Lagoon is 9/10 frozen and a couple of dozen Tufted Ducks, the resident Mallards and a few Coot were all hudled in 2 small areas of remaining water. The Little Grebes,Great Crested Grebes and Goldeneye had all disappeared. The Little Lagoon was 1/10 frozen and held unusually high numbers of Teal,Wigeon and Mallard. Skylarks were still present in good numbers (40+) and mostly feeding along the high tide mark...still unfrozen due to the recently receded high tide.
The harbour was a mass of birds....Black Tailed Godwits, Dunlin, Ringed Plover ,Grey Plover, Oystercatchers , duck (mainly Wigeon,Teal and Pintail) and Brent Geese (probably 1000/1500).

Tonight it is snowing so tomorrow morning will be interesting.

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