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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Trio of Goodies

On Saturday 7th April, arriving at Carlton Marshes late afternoon, I saw Dick on the path heading towards Whitecast and had a nice chat before heading over to the usual gate for the Great Grey Shrike which I could see from the car park perched on top of the second bush. It was mobile during the period of observation perching on bushes south of here and then it flew north and perched by the bushes either on or just west off the main track. A Short- eared Owl flew around hunting here showing reasonably well as didd a Chinese Water Deer that walked onto the marsh just south of us and started feeding before disappearing out of sight. wandering back to the caar park and the track towards Whitecast we spotted an excellent male Hen Harrier which flew south across the field towards the Shrike bushes it then doubled back and flew north back along the field over Whitecast and over the river. A splendid sight with its grey plumage white rump.

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