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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.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Three firsts!

1)The first time I've seen a Shelduck actually standing on the roof of the Spit hide!

2) A pair of Whitethroat was feeding nestlings in a nest near the Little Lagoon. Although I've seen a male in previous years I have no previous record of successful breeding on the spit..

3 )An odd pair of Mallard ducks which have been frequenting our garden  for the past few weeks and have been regularly fed, laid an egg overnight in our garden in a weedy patch of shingle.

The overnight egg

 By 10 o'clock this morning there were two eggs!

They appear to have removed some of the weeds and dragged some  in a circular shape to make a nest (of sorts).
This is presumably the same pair that actually laid an egg in a sink garden last year just outside our front door (see blog of May 14 2012.)... It came to nothing.

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