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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Great White Egret and Bittern at Strumpshaw Fen

Today (at dawn!) was my monthly bird survey at All St's Hemblington: a decent 'haul' including Song Thrush, Buzzard and Whitethroat. I decided to drive the short distance to Strumpshaw to meet Norman and Brian with a view to arranging a trip out this week. On arrival, I found Norman 'chimping' at his camera: he'd briefly seen a Great White Egret. I suggested we move to Fen Hide, which we duly did: no sign, but then I picked it out flying westwards along the river towards Tower Hide.

Accordingly, we followed it, checking each piece of exposed water until we reached the hide. Opening a shutter really slowly, we found the Egret to the right of the pool with a couple of Grey Herons: a welcome visitor, as was the somewhat distant Barn Owl that patrolled the Fen in front of Dr George's cottage.. Things got even better: just as Brian Arrived a Bittern headed west over the reedbed!

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