...and the following day there were seven eggs:
This is the first known occurance of an Oystercatcher nest with seven eggs in it on Blakeney Point. While we thought it might just be possible that an Oystercatcher may have been able to lay five eggs in five days, seven is surely impossible. This is almost certainly a case of egg dumping, where a second female has laid her eggs in the same scrape. Egg dumping is common in some bird species, such as Grey Partridges. We wait with eager antipation to see if all seven eggs will successfully hatch.
Things have been very quiet on the migrant front in the last couple of weeks. The only recent sighting of note was a Honey Buzzard flying east over on the Point on Saturday morning. Things have been more exciting with our resident species, with new nests being found daily, including our first Redshank, Skylark, Swallow and Pied Wagtail nests of the season and 20th Oystercatcher.