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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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Disaster has stuck on the home front!

As those of you who follow this blog will be aware we have a Mallard Duck which is nesting in a sink garden less than a metre from our front door. She is totally unconcerned by our comings and goings. She has laid eleven eggs. This morning I looked out at 6.00am  and she was sitting in the sink as normal and at 7.00am I went for a short stroll along the beach. On returning at 7.20 am the Mallard was missing and so were eight eggs! Just three remained in the nest. There was no sign of broken egg shells and no sign of any disturbance. I haven't seen the duck since! It is very sad but does anyone have any clues how this could happen in such a short space of time and with no obvious reason.
Just three remaining.

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