Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus  Once a very rare raptor and is still by no means widespread. However, in Norfolk this species is doing well and can be seen quartering the reedbeds and fields and at roost sites in the winter, good numbers have been recorded with over 100 birds at Hickling!

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Water Rail Rallus aquaticus The 'squealing' noises coming from the reedbeds, which sound a bit like a pig betray the presence of this relatively secretive rail. A glimpse of the white undertail is sometimes all that is seen, when the rail breaks cover before disappearing again into the reeds. However, personal observations have revealed that the water rail does like to sun itself at the edge of the reeds, especially after bathing and have been known to go to sleep!

Bearded Reedling Panurus biarmicus  Known to most as the Bearded Tit, in fact, it is related to a family of birds called babblers. Alerted by the 'pinging' calls, these birds can be seen flying over the reedbeds and on still days will perch on the tops of the reeds. Numbers fluctuate from year to year and are affected by cold winters, when the seeds on which they rely on, during the winter are not accessible. However, 'beardies' can have up to three broods and around August large parties of these birds may be seen.

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