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Sunday, 30 October 2011

A good day at last

Went down to Attenborough NR on the outskirts of Nottingham with Andy and Peter this morning where a juv Squacco Heron was found a couple of days ago, the bird was still present this morning and showing well on the river Erewash at the South west corner of the reserve, the bird is favouring a small patch of vegetation under the railway bridge there and even though its been flushed several times by dog walkers and anglers it keeps returning to its favourite patch, we then took a walk around a part of this very big reserve seeing a good selection of the more common stuff plus several pairs of Egyptian Geese and a pair of Red Crested Pochard. After lunch we headed off to Worlaby Carrs and spent a nice sunny afternoon being entertained by several common Buzzards, a couple of ringtail Hen Harriers and at least ten Short Eared Owls, it looks like its going to be another good winter for this species. We finished the day with a quick look at Far Ings where a female Scaup and immature Ferruginous Duck were on the pool east of the approach road.

Showed well before it was flushed by a dog walker

Shorties showed well although never came really close

female Scaup

Immature Fudge Duck in the failing light

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