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Old Sunday 6th September 2015, 13:33   #1
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Cotton End

Spent some time parked on the edge of Cotton End. Saw 3 Red Kite hunting together in the corn stubble between Cotton End and Shortstown. 3 Buzzards - 2 of the Buzzards tumbling together. 1 Buzzard diving at pheasants in a horse paddock. 1 Green Woodpecker poking about in a horse paddock. A noisy Jay. A Kestrel hunting in the same cornfield as the Red Kites. A couple of juvenile Pied Wagtails catching insects in a horse paddock, a Tawny Owl sitting on a post in a field. Lots of Rooks, some Jackdaws and a couple of noisy Crows. A Heron, some Magpies. An unexpected Kingfisher flying back and forwards into a clump of trees. Usual Blue tits, Great Tits, Robin, Wren, Sparrows, Wood Pigeons, Collared Doves, Starlings, Swifts, House Martins, Blackbirds. All on a random stretch of road that I decided to park up in for a bit on.
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Old Friday 11th September 2015, 17:32   #2
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Yesterday was my last day working at Cotton End - rewarded by 6 Buzzards lazily gliding together, 4 Red Kite and my highlight (because it was my first time seeing one) - a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
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Old Saturday 12th September 2015, 05:17   #3
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Thanks Ed for taking me down memory lane.I used to live in Elstow,Beds,and Cotton End was a regular place to go bird watching when I was a boy cerca 1955.Glad to see it still has some good birds. Regards ...Eddy.
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I forgot the noisy flock of 20 or so long tailed tits with a few great tits and blue tits tagging along.

It was great watching the Red Kites hunting in the corn stubble - saw my first Red Kite in Woburn - had no idea what it was at the time. I now see them nearly everywhere I go in Bedfordshire - usually single or in pairs - first time seen 4 together.
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