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YARE VALLEY: Surlingham CM

18th August 2011

For a bit of variety we went to Surlingham Church Marsh. Unfortunately the nearby Gun Club was in session, which probably accounted for the lack of Little Owls (they were scared off, not shot, just to clarify). Even without large numbers of birds it was a pleasant walk, the view from the bush shelter hide was particularly nice, as was the view across the fields to the Woods End. A large gathering of Swallows and House Martins hawked low over the pools before flying off eastwards. The muddy edges to the top right of the pools looked great for waders, but were bare. On our way back a Dark Bush Cricket jumped onto Cathy's shoe, and we were seen off by several Southern and Migrant Hawkers.

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