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Monday, 16 October 2017

Osprey and Cattle Egret - a snatched North Coast outing

With some unpleasant weather forecast (and having been stuck inside all weekend!) Linda suggested a run up to Holkham to take a look at the long-staying Osprey. The drive north gave us several Buzzards and Red Kites and a brisk walk through the park (full of delightful Fallow Deer) soon added the Osprey to our day list. It seemed to favour a somewhat distant tree, from which it occasionally flew off north, returning after a minute or two with a fish. A few Red Kites were sharing the Osprey's airspace and a Hawfinch 'tsipped' overhead: most astonishing to see were several very large (20lb+) Carp that leapt from the water like Polaris missiles!

We walked back to the car in the pleasant company of local birder Chris before driving to Burnham Deepdale for a delightful bowl of mushroom soup. We considered visiting Titchwell, but in the end headed back east, pausing at Stiffkey for a quick look at 'our' Cattle Egret.


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