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Monday, 10 May 2010

Hoopoe

Early morning revealed the usual Lesser Whitethroat down the Corton old rail track and 2 male Blackcaps at the copse.
Spring's purple patch continued on what must be one of the best spring's ever, if not the best locally. After work I drove straight to Radar Lodge at Corton, a Hoopoe had been seen there. Meeting birders there, the bird hadn't been seen for 45 minutes but we walked to the entrance road where it had been sighted last. It wasn't there and walking over to the eastern path by the cliff past the Lodge with the newly arrived Andrew E & Rob W, I spotted the excellent Hoopoe at the edge of a concrete path, no sooner had I spotted and alerted the others it flew west and over the fence and dropped down just beyond it and onto the field edge. walking back to the entrance road, we scoped the Hoopoe sitting by the field edge . It was asleep for a while, we could see the bird facing right with its long down curved bill orangey- buff plumage with black dotted crest and black and white barred wings. as always a really smart bird, much appreciated by all birders present. The Hoopoe woke up and then flew back over the fence and disappeared in log grass.

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