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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Thursday 19th July - Migrant waders return

A short afternoon guiding session for a group & their 2 children. Interested children are always a delight to show birds too! Plus they don't feign interest or excitement, so when they do get excited it may not be when you most expect them to be! 

Titchwell produced a nice total of 54 species in 3 hours, plus some good birds. A young Sedge Warbler sitting atop the reeds did look rather cute, it was the first bird the kids really enjoyed, they wanted a pet one to take home!! Marsh Harriers impressed them, they really liked the half dozen Ruff in fact more so than the nest bird of the afternoon a moulting adult CURLEW SANDPIPER, which I definitely enjoyed. They also loved the c50 Avocet, but mainly as they watched them feeding, swishing bills from side to side......... acknowledged as "really cool"! Plus! 3 Spotted Redshank were nice especially one still in mainly summer attire. Other waders of note were 2 Whimbrel & 2 Little Ringed Plover, plus c20 Black-tailed Godwit. Again the kids were really impressed with the Swifts, especially after I explained they slept on the wing & could be in the air for 2 years! 

We finished off with a lovely hunting Barn owl, another favourute, this time with everyone the children & the adults1

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