I carried out the second May Breeding Bird Survey for the local reserve today and was disappointed at the lack of Ringed Plovers and Oystercatchers breeding on Pagham Spit (nil today). 2 Sylarks were singing and a good number of Linnets were present, 2 pairs of Greenfinch and a few Dunnocks and surprisinly a Blue Tit with caterpillars in its beak obviously feeding young nearby (there is no suitable site on the Spit! ) A Whitethroat was singing lustily in a bramble.
However just after midday a neighbour called to say she had found 3 eggs on the beach which she 'rescued' as the high tide was about to wash over them! They were Ringed Plovers and had been found further along the beach and would not have survived.... alas, they will not survive despite being rescued!
Why don't the birds nest within the designated protected fenced areas?
This blog will now be closed for a few weeks .