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Potter Stilts & waders.....

A good array of birds, were being reported during the previous days at Potter Heigham Marshes and a visit there today (6th) during the mid to late afternoon found that to be very much the case.
Swifts, House Martins and Swallows were overhead and Reed Warblers were singing from the reeds, with both Cetti’s and a Willow Warbler also singing. A Little Egret, Great Crested and Little Grebes, several Wigeon, 2 Avocet and Tufted Duck were seen, before finding an area, back along the track, which had a good selection of waders.
A summer-plumaged Grey Plover was found here along with similarly attired Turnstone, Ruff and Common Redshanks. Two Green and 2 Wood Sandpipers were seen, followed by 2 Curlew Sandpipers in good colour feeding near the far reeds with a Dunlin. A ‘black’ Spotted Redshank and two sleeping Spoonbills were in the area of water further to the west and a calling Oystercatcher flew over.
A male Marsh Harrier flew across and was seen off by the Avocets, but there was still no sign of the reported Black-winged Stilts! However, eventually the two stilts were seen towards the back of a pool, where one searched for food, whilst the other preened. After a few minutes the pair took flight and flew over the back of the reeds, where they were lost from view.
A Cuckoo was heard calling and a photo session with the now feeding Spoonbills ended a very productive visit, to what is a very good area for wildlife and if managed correctly will continue to be so.

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