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Owl watching at Sculthorpe Moor near Fakenham

One of my favourite finds since living near Fakenham is Sculthorpe Moor, a beautiful nature reserve 1 mile north west of the town (towards Kings Lynn).

Tawny owl webcam at Sculthorp</a>Next to the car park, there’s a great visitor centre packed with lots of interesting information about the local wildlife and habitats. Then, after a slightly annoying walk down a stony path you arrive at zone 1 with raised wooden pathways flowing through wet woodlands.</p><p>Emerging from the woods, a ‘saw sedge wetland’ beholds you… and whatever time of the year it is, there seems to always be something to spot. It’s a beautiful and tranquil place where quiet and respect are required. And…</p><p>They have a live ‘Owlcam’ web feed! There were 4 eggs when I last looked. Can’t wait to see the chicks! Visit their web page at the Hawk and Owl Trust website to learn more: <a href=www.hawkandowl.org/SculthorpeHome

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2 Responses to Owl watching at Sculthorpe Moor near Fakenham

  1. Di Stagg says:

    I visited Sculthorpe reserve for the first time last Friday (14th March) – firstly I must say that my friend and I had an excellent time and we both remarked on how well cared for it was and how ‘bird-watcher’ friendly it was.

    While we were there, we listed 44 birds, which was excellent as most were land birds. Amongst them was a marsh tit which is familiar to both of us, especially its song: ‘Wishti baby’ – my interpretation, but a second very similar bird, that appeared briefly (too brief to get more than an overall impression – like was it bull-necked? Don’t know – it was upside-down!) had quite a different song. In my mind it was the mournful high ‘sue-sue-sue-sue’ that I associate with Willow Tit. I noted that it was also on the sightings board and so thought it was not unreasonable to list it in my BirdTracker record. Naturally, as it is a rarity nowadays, the Recorder wanted more details – which I gave.

    When we got back to the car, without telling her which was which, I played both Marsh and Willow tit’s songs to my birding friend (she is also an experienced birder) on the IPad and she too chose the Willow Tit song. It was the melancholy tone that struck me the most.

    However, Nick Moran, who wrote to me, says that Marsh Tits can mimic Willow Tits. Therefore, I’m writing to ask you if Willow Tits have been seen recently at the reserve and how accurate is the sightings board – who adds to them? Public or Wardens? It was not the board that influenced me, but rather supported my decision. Although there had been other birders around, at that time it was only the two of us.

    I would be grateful if you can come back to me or forward this E-mail to a more appropriate person

    Thank you

    Di Stagg
    PS: I sent this as an email to Nigel Middleton as on your site, but it bounced back to me.

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