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Avocet On March - 31 - 2014

With the wind blowing south easterly I thought it good for a Hoopoe this morning. I started at Maker, just a couple of Chiffs and a Blackcap. Then onto Rame Head, picking up a Wheatear and a few more Chiffchaff, a Kestrel and several Cormorant and Shag on the rocks. Finally on to Penlee where there were a couple more Chiffs near the car park. The place where I’ve always thought would be good for a Hoopoe is the north eastern corner by the bee orchid bank. As I rounded the corner a bird caught my eye, feeding on the ground in the tussocky grass. As I raised my binoculars I was expecting to focus on a Green Woodpecker but no in full view now was a Hoopoe! I watched it probing into the turf for 3 or 4 minutes before it looked up and either spotted me or was spooked by something, but it flew off into Penlee woods. I waited for A while but it didn’t return so I continued around the reserve. Saw a Sparrowhawk and a couple of Blackcap but no further sighting of the Hoopoe. A good mornings birding.

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