Two interesting days

Today I took a neighbour and time served birder with me to Marston. He’d been before but not knowing the patch well he hadn’t totally “connected”. The weather was brilliant so we headed straight for the Rail channel. Now he had seen Rails before but only briefly a long time ago and didn’t have a lot of confidence in being able to see one. After about ten minutes standing quietly by the gate the first Rail edged out onto the channel, then another and another and another! Then one almost under our feet and to cap it off a Cetti’s kept making it’s fleeting appearance but well down the channel by the big bush. At the same time 23 Curlew flew over plus a couple of Little Egret and when we visited the hide on the way back a flock of 25 Fieldfare flew off from the nearest tree and the GSW male showed well on the feeders. His delighted comment was “Just shows you need to know your patch”

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Yesterday (Sunday) I went to a private Falconry centre at Wisbech St. Mary as part of an Olympus user group and although I am not that interested in captive bred birds this lovely male Peregrine caught my eye, so I can’t resist showing it here, apologies:

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David