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Sculthorpe Moor

13th June 2009

An evening trip to Sculthorpe Moor to look for Glow-worms. We arrived early and sat in the Frank Jarvis Hide, watching the male Golden Pheasant and a pair of Bullfinches. Walking along the river we spotted a Water Vole swimming across, and a Barn Owl hunting along the woods edge. From Whitley Hide we saw another two Barn Owls, a pair of Marsh Harriers, a Hobby, and four more Bullfinches, including a male with two white primaries on each wing.

Near the education centre my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year was sitting near the top of an oak tree, before the group went for a walk back down to the end of the reserve. Whilst waiting for dusk we saw 10+ Woodcock roding, a flyby Cuckoo and a large bat, probably Noctule. Eventually it became dark enough to look for the Glow-worms, and I picked out 24, although some people managed 30. A lovely evening at probably my favourite nature reserve.

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