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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.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Very Cold Day!!

We awoke this morning to a  7" blanket of snow...the heaviest fall we  have experinced in the 26 years since we have had the bungalow on Pagham Beach. A quick walk to the Lagoon and the Spit hide soon showed that many birds were disorientated with  4 Turnstones sitting on the ice of the partly frozen Lagoon, Lapwings all along the harbour shoreline and even a Golden Plover on the beach.
The only bird to find an easy meal  was a Sparrow Hawk!
The images below show the extent of the snow cover.

The Lagoon from the car park.

Wigeon on the move

The frozen waste!

In the hide...not very hot even in the shelter from the biting wind!

Near the harbour entrance

North Wall ...later in the day

The Salt House....near the North Wall

A cold Dunnock! of many in Slipe Field

A Reed Bunting ...again one of many adjoining hedge to Slipe Field
The resident Heron outside the Salthouse
...and then just as I was leaving a Woodcock flew up from the 'horses field' and landed only 20' from me and then completely disappeared into a ditch.

The forecast is for a VERY cold tonight...please feed the birds.

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