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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.

Friday, December 3, 2010

An exceptionally cold night and day!

A fantastic morning...bright sun and -6c...a real arctic scene. Skyarks along the harbour tideline included a single Woodlark. A Short Eared Owl was scanning the beach and then flew over the harbour but later returned and made its way to the Church Norton shingle spit. The ducks on the Lagoon contained 3 pairs of Gadwall (unusually) and a Water Rail flew from the reedbed at the eastern end. Brent geese were very restless during the day constantly moving from Lagoon to harbour and then out to sea and returning.
The temperature remained well below freezing all day and I am becoming really concerned for the welfare of the birds as a thick blanket of snow makes it well nigh impossible for them to find food except along the shoreline whilst the tide is out.

Mute Swans ...over the beach

Short Eared Owl..quartering Pagham Spit 

Short Eared Owl

Grey Plover on the high tide mark

One of several local foxes....hunting

A Christmas card bird!

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