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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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Friday, January 8, 2010

A good birding day!!

Today was truly amazing for not only the variety of birds but also for the sheer numbers of birds. Redwings and Fieldfares were dropping in from all directions with good numbers of Blackbirds and Song Thrushes all along the tideline of the harbour. Skylark were in huge flocks and a few Woodlarks could be heard joining them. Snipe were in the frozen fields surrounding the harbour and I saw at least 3 Woodcock plummet into the long grass. Finches and Buntings in their hundreds were constantly on the move in Slipe Field which is being used as a giant feeding station.On the Lagoon the Tufted duck had been joined by the 4 Ruddy Duck seen earlier but only 1 drake Goldeneye appeared to be present. In the harbour huge numbers of Wigeon and Teal and the wintering flock of Brent Geese were on the move as the tide went out.
Once I had returned home on the beach I found Redwings and Fieldfares feeding on the little Cotoeaster bushes in front of our pateo doors and then, much to my surprise and delight a Black Redstart suddenly alighted on the frozen birdbath but just as quickly disappeard!The light was good for photography and here are few of the many images I took during 3 memorable hours.


One of many Redwings

One of dozens of Yellowhammers

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