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A good day out - by rail..

Posted on 3 April, 2017 at 3:10

Recently Julia and I visited friends at Raughton Head, near Carlisle.  We took the opportunity to call in at Caerlaverock WWT.  As expected we saw a good variety of birds - 45 species.  There was the normal huge flock of Barnacle Geese and still some Whooper Swans in attendance.  All the ducks were in lovely breeding plumage - and it was goood to see Yellowhammers too.

The best bird was, however, a Water Rail.  As the light was starting to go we headed back to the car park and just had time to call in to the Peter Scott Walk which is near the entrance.  Another birder, who was just leaving, told us that he had seen a Water Rail quite clearly by the small pond.  We hurried down the path and were rewarded by our best ever views of this somewhat enigmatic bird - often heard but seldom seen.



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