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WHITLINGHAM: Rain does not equal birds

4th August 2011

Against all common sense I went down to Whitlingham in the rain, hoping that the inclement conditions would bring in something out of the ordinary. I managed three Bantams and 132 Mute Swans. The rain kept up a steady pace, ensuring I was soaked by the end. I did see a possible hybrid duck that had a bright yellow end-third of the bill, which made it stand out from the rest of the dowdy eclipse ducks, but I didn't care enough to hang around for it to come closer to the shore.

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