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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, March 26, 2014

The Odd Couple!

The original pair in 2005...on the hedge.

The female (?) in the wheel barrow!
For the last  9 years a pair of Mallard Hybrids have visited our small garden on the beach and for the past two  have laid 2 and 3 eggs respectively. Last year it was a scrape down an alleyway, the previous year they used a sink garden and this year  a grassy patch bordering the road. The eggs are not brooded and obviously come to nothing. The birds will come and tap on the patio window begging for food or sit on a roof or a hedge or in a wheelbarrow...all most odd. They only come in March and spend the rest of the year on the Lagoon.
She seems to have a new partner this year or maybe it is the same bird having moulted but they always act in the same strange way.
Today approaching the patio doors

Today...the eggs on the grass.
The Iceland Gull was being fed by a chalet resident on the Lagoon at 7.15 this morning...a Peregrine flew over the beach at 7.30 but apart from a couple of Wheatears and a singing Dunnock very little to report...hence my story of the Mallards!

Looking pretty on Gorse

Dunnock in full song.

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