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.