Day 6 of 30 Days Wild – Visit a bird hide

A very productive afternoon spent in a bird hide in Norfolk where we spotted a couple of Marsh Harriers and two Common Cranes flying over.

Common Cranes can be seen passing through many parts of Britain in Spring and Autumn but can be seen all year in Norfolk. The Common Crane has a wingspan which can be from 1.8 meters to 2.2 meters which makes it one of Europe’s largest birds.

Another awesome sighting was the Marsh Harrier. Marsh Harriers had become extinct during the end of the 19th century throughout the UK, due to persecution and habitat loss. However during the 1970’s occasional nesting pairs returned to the East of England and there has been a steady increase of nests ever since. Today there are more than 100 nesting females just in Norfolk.

Besides the two major highlights I got to see a wide variety of waterfowl and even heard the amazing booming Bittern

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About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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