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  • Lishers
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    Spent 4hrs (5am – 9am Sunday) from the Sky tower, in the attempt to see the again ‘reported’ Purple Heron. Thought most likely it would afford flight views.
    No Sign, again, in a very observant watch.!!!

    Other Birds:
    GW Egret- 1 briefly in dead tree.
    Grey Heron – several going to and fro with at least 2 channel hopping at the back of Lillians. All Adults
    Spoonbill – 2 flew in, did a couple of Laps of the reserve, then came down near Lower hide at 7.30, flew back at 07.48 and dropped into one of the channels at back of Lillians before heading towards Saltmarsh at 08.54.
    Bittern – 1 flew in from direction of Grisedale and dropped into the reeds to right of tower at 07.50, again in flight at 08.46.
    Little Egret – 16 over
    Marsh Harrier – 2F & 2M, also a Juv looking bird constantly perched.
    Bearded Tit – 1F, 2p, 1M
    Pochard – F+1y
    RB Merg – 2 over
    & 4hrs of Stock dove Singing!!

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    Phil Slade
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    TBF. In my experience Purple Herons are much more secretive than Grey Heron. And Leighton has many places where a shy heron can hide

    On the other hand there are lots of young stripy Grey Herons around at the mo.

    joncarter
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    For reference, a photo has been seen and the ID verified of the sighting on June 6.
    As stated above purple herons can be extremely elusive when in reedbeds – fingers crossed it sticks around and finds a nice viewable spot to hang around in!

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