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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.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Whilst carrying out my local BBS for Pagham Nature Reserve I noticed that the Spit hide door and all the flaps were open. Surprisingly a pair of Swallows were perched outside and one of them had mud in its beak and was obviously nest building, or about to start.
As I entered the hide I very quickly knew the reason for everything being open...the rancid smell of rotting fish and worms was overpowering. A quick search revealed that a bag of unmentionable 'awfulness' had been hidden by a kindly fisherman....and was now well and truly alive...enough said. Funny?...NO.

A Ringed Plover literally flew up from my feet as I walked along the shingle and revealed 4 eggs in a scrape in the shingle. An Oystercatcher is obviously still trying to brood as the the male was showing signs of distress as I walked along the shingle...I quickly backed off to leave them in peace, but I wonder how long they will remain...there is SO much disturbance.

Several Linnets are still nest building.

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