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!|