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Monday, 7 March 2016

Cattle Egret at North Cove staithe

Driving to North Cove Staithe, on Saturday 5th March, I walked across the railway line and saw regular correspondent, Paul W, ahead. I joned Paul in watching the Cattle Egret feed amongst the distant Highland Cattle. Taking the path left opening the gate and walking around 50 metres the Cattle Egret, a Lizard tick if it's a wild bird, was feeding by a particular fine looking Highland cow. At one point, the Egret walked quickly right, "Max Wall like" as quoted by the regular correspondent and caufght something. On Sunday 6th March, repeating the journey, just past the railway line, I heard a Siskin call and a male was operched on the very apex of the Alders on the right of the track. A jogger went past and I suspect this person had flushed the Egret because I didn't see it despite staying until 9.15am. Nearby at the Three Horseshoes pub field. The Little Owl was finally seen, spending a lot of time between 2 trees, a hole in the tree was the preferred option but 3 troublesome Jackdaws either forced it down the hole or it had to fly to the next tree west. Settling in the shade where the main trunk forked.

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