The past few days have been truly uninviting and my outings have been short lived . Yesterday was particularly awful with a thick mist redcucing visibility so that I could not see the sea or even the other side of Pagham lagoon. However as a possible Scaup had been reported on the Lagoon and in the harbour I did venture out and saw the bird which may have been the suspect. My thoughts however were that it was a female Tufted Duck showing a considerable amount of white at the base of the bill...I will look again when the light improves!
The other highlight was 2 Water Rails showing very well from the board walk at the eastern end of the Lagoon....one even walking slowly in front of me along the board walk.
This morning, despite the continuing gloom Goldeneye,Pochard, Tufted Duck, Kingfisher, Mediterranean Gulls and a Green Woodpecker were all present in or around the lake. A flock of about 300 Knot were circling the mudflats accompanied by the usual selection of waders and ducks.