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    I've never seen an otter. I keep looking.

    I was at Burton Mere (RSPB place on the Dee estuary) at the weekend and saw a cuckoo - I see one about every five years. Some avocets too - pretty.

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    I'm fairly lucky and seen plenty of otters over the years, usually when sitting fishing quietly but also in the river here by the caravan site. Got a resident weasel in the garden (usually living deep in the wood shed) and hedgehog and polecat Im pretty sure is here and hopefully with young.
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    My wife spotted four dotterel on top of Ingleborough yesterday evening (her picture not mine)


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    Great pic. I had a memorable moment on Great End during my BG round where we flushed a dozen or so dotterel out from virtually under our feet.
    Surprisied to learn some have stopped over on Ingleborough.

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    A few days away fishing and in the wood I found a nest on the ground with eggs still inside (some broken). I thought it possibly a long tailed tit as it had a front door, but further research at home it proved to be a goldcrest nest. Probably fallen out of a tree.
    Also saw a sparrowhawk taking prey to it's nest.

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    Another cuckoo sighting today. None for about 5 years and then two in three weeks! This one was on Gun Hill. It was being pursued by lots of little birds, seeing it off their patch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noel View Post
    Another cuckoo sighting today. None for about 5 years and then two in three weeks! This one was on Gun Hill. It was being pursued by lots of little birds, seeing it off their patch.
    Fantastic.

    I've only ever seen one Cuckoo which was around 40 years ago while cycling in Glen Arroch on Skye on my way to catch the Kylerhea Ferry (summer only) over to Glenelg. Happy days!
    Visibility good except in Hill Fog

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    Just had a couple of Weeks on Coll and Tiree (islands in the Hebrides off Mull) Saw a lot of Cuckoos on Coll. Regularly woken up by one at 4.30 in the morning.
    On Tiree we heard a lot of Corncrakes, but the hide well. Then we were driving down a road and there were two in a field. First time I've ever seen one.
    Nice islands, but not exactly mountainous. Great views of Rum and the other Small Isles.

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    Saw a Hare this evening in the Eden Valley. Not sure if they are rare (I doubt it), but I was told that they are becoming less common.

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    Certainly not rare around here Travs. I saw two today. However there were not many about in March, when they are said to go mad, but they seem to be making up for it now. Probably the weather is to blame.

    Whilst on the subject I have seen more Wrens than ever this year. I think it is probably because this year the leaves have been so slow and late to emerge that they are easily seen flitting about with less cover.
    Visibility good except in Hill Fog

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