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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Carlton Scrape Spoonbills

On saturday 12 JuneI walked down call from Rob over the fared by Rookery Park golf course, I scanned and could see first one then 2 Buzzards and a male Marsh Harrier and then just right of the 2 tall Poplars, a scruffy Red Kite with several secondary feathers missing from each wing. back on the scrape I noticed a Little Ringed Plover again elongated shape making it look very distinctive, also Redshank and the 2 sleeping Spoonbills. the left hand bird an immature the right hand bird looked more adult-like with a white crest and yellow end border to its bill, but without seeing it in flight (to eliminate black wing tips indicating some immaturity?) I could not be certain.. Occasionally the immature bird would wake up preen itself with its massive spatular shaped bill. Walking back along the Whitecast marsh path, a calling Cuckoo was seen perched on a bare branch of a distant tree. Path cattle, wooden foot platform,plop of a water Vole Saw Robert Q, a calling Sedge Warbler and 2 Swallows seen perched in a tree at the start just on the left hand side of the main track.

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