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Saturday, 31 August 2019

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Great Egret and plenty of raptors: a snatched session at Strumpshaw Fen

With Linda busy with her bees and no meteorite business to occupy me I made the short drive to the Fen and took a walk around the reserve. No sign of yesterday's Osprey (although one of the vols was merrily pointing out a Buzzard to holiday makers!) but, having seen Brian's car in the parking area I knew he'd be around somewhere. I caught up with him in a pretty birdless Fen Hide: we decided to walk round to Tower Hide, stopping on the way to enjoy a beautiful little Hummer on the riverside Buddleia.

As expected, the recently-present Great White Egret was in its usual spot on the 'promontory', standing next to a Little Egret, showing off his olive-green lores and yellow bill. No Garganeys that we could see, but lots of Marsh Harriers and several groups of Buzzards, including one really striking pale bird. Last 'goodie' was a very battle-scarred Brown Hawker, posing unusually well along the woodland edge.


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