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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Surprising variety of raptors at Strumpshaw Fen...

A brief walk around the Fen this morning was surprisingly productive, despite lots of essential maintenance (including carbon-footprint busting reed burning!) being carried out. First bird of interest was a distant Osprey flying towards Rockland: sadly it didn't come back to do some fishing!

A visit to Tower Hide revealed a flock of twelve Ruffs / Reeves and four Common Snipe, while a Teal on the 'island' had somehow acquired a blue speculum! Several Marsh Harriers gave good views as they tried to decide whether they fancied duck for lunch!

As Norman and I walked along the Yare towards the Pumphouse, we picked up two more raptors: a Common Buzzard and - perhaps surprisingly - a Hobby.

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