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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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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A lurking enemy?

Here at Pagham we have no 'proper' trees on the beach but we do have one apple tree or a large bush, probably a result of a discarded apple core by a passing holiday visitor many years ago!

This has proved quite a magnet for some interesting species over the years and I have even seen Firecrests, Pied Flycatchers, Redstarts and various Warblers during migration times. Two years ago a Wood Pigeon started to make a nest in it and last year continued to improve the never raised a brood.

This year, however a Carrion Crow has taken up residence and is now sitting tight most of the time as people walk is very difficult to see. It is, however very 'jumpy' and if anybody stops at that point it will quietly 'slide' off the nest and fly over the marsh. Whether or not it will be successful, only time will tell.

I have mixed feeling though, as on one hand I am pleased to see a species which, to my knowledge has not bred before on Pagham Spit but on the other I am fearful of the effect it will have on the few breeding ground nesting waders. Already two clutches of Ringed Plovers eggs have disappeared. I will keep a close watch on the situation.

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