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Hi everyone!

We saw a wonderful sight last Sunday!  

We had a great weekend on Pip and our list of Broads Wildlife is growing all the time.  Spent a good Saturday evening near Thurne and watched the resident Barn Owl catch its supper.  It flew so close to us that we could have reached out and touched it.

Saw lots of Kingfishers and a few Herons but best of all was while we were cruising back to our moorings.  

Leigh noticed an otter playing in the river and we gently slowed up to take a closer look.  Honestly, it was a joy to watch.  It was a young one I would guess and it was playing with a clam or something and really showing off.  We even spoke to it!!!  It just kept rolling over in the water and playing with its toy and seemed to love all the entertainment and attention it was causing a couple of feet from us!!!  Sounds mad I know but I could have sworn that it had a smile on its face.

What a great end to the weekend!!!

Keep a look out............

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Hi Christina

I keep looking but have yet to see an otter on the broads, I absolutely adore them as they are so playful - it must have been a fabulous end to the weekend!

We saw a fair bit of wildlife when we were out on Monday & Tuesday, but I have to give it to the Southern Broads for the sheer diversity that we saw there last month.

Incidently, I was attacked by a barn owl in our lane last year. I was walking back in the dark from feeding a neighbours cat when I felt the flapping of large wings behind me, a high pitched screech in my left ear, and then felt something grab at my shoulders! It frightened the life out of me and I legged it back home, I didn't know what on earth it was at first. Being an ancient trackway, I thought I must have a winged demon or something after me!!  Smile


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Hi Carol!

We have been on the Broads now since April 2004, grabbing every spare moment to be on our boat.  I guess we have spent just about every weekend there over the last year and a half...but...it's only the second time I have seen an otter!

I like your story about the owl.  We have a lot of them where we live and one evening my cat Winston was attacked by a Little Owl in our garden.  What a noise it made (the owl)!!!

Poor Winston was soon frightened off after he tried a couple of swipes at it!  He's given up chasing our resident pheasant 'Rodney' and his ladies too...far too old and sensible for all that running about!  

I often wonder what he'd make of the Broads!

I think that if you sit in one place long enough on your boat you are bound to see so many different birds and other wildlife.  We had an encounter with a nosey squirrel the other week whilst moored up in a quiet spot.  Amazing how it 'purred' at us!!!

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Hi Christine,
If you are moored near Stalham ( which I think you are )as you come from Barton towards Stalahm, where the rivers split into two, one to Dilham the other to Stalham, that is where I photographed the Otter last year.
Also just before that "junction" I have spotted the Bittern twice now.
It was on the right hand side in the reeds, right on the rivers edge.
Just before dusk. Keep your eyes open and you may be lucky.


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Paul
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Hi Girls
On Sat 1st we moored up at Neatishead staithe. In the afternoon we walked round to Gayes staithe and then round to the board walk. As we neared the viewing platform a lady sitting there waived us on excitidley. She said that a pair of otters had just swum out of the marsh accross in front of her and out onto Turkey broad. Looking out to the area surrounded by the boom we could see them swimming and jumping over the boom. I turned on the digital camera and zoomed in on the site but it was to late they had swum off into the distance. It had still been a joy to see them playing together.
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Hi Guys!

Great stories!  Yes Paul, we are at Broadgate, just before Broadsedge and Stalham.  It was just about here that we saw the otter.

Thanks for the tip off about the bittern.  We'll keep our eyes open wide this weekend for that sighting!  

Just remembered that we have Monday off work too so it's a Friday to Monday wildlife watch coming up!!!  

Are we just being lucky or are otters on the increase?  It seems that they are not as rare as I thought!

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Christina

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Hi all,

When my family and I were last on the broads in July 2004 we were moored just above belaugh. While my two boys were fishing I was admiring the scenery when I spotted two otters, I called to my husband to come and see them. However on closer inspection they weren't otters they were mink. The next day somebody told us that alot had escaped from a mink farm that used to be nearby.

Just out of interest does anyone have any idea what sort of numbers there are and do they cause any damage at all??

Regards Debbie.

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As to mink they are killing machines in the course for an hour I have seen a pair kill 14 duckings and 2 young moorhens despite trying to frighten them off. We alawys used to have water voles but no more. I think (hope) the local pair have been shot but cannot be certain. English nature seem to be unconcerned but a Bittern with young for example would stand no chance.

Please do report any sightings as soon as possible.  If I was ever to meet anyone who had released them I am afraid my reaction would be unprintable

"I should let go of the quant... Too late... We'll try and get back to you!!!"  Bill...

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Hi Bill,

Thanks for that information I had no idea what mink were capable of and what absolute devestation they can cause to the local bird population. Are there no voles left at all?

If people were to spot mink who would you contact to report the sightings?

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Debbie,

One place to notice of sighting of mink (or in fact anything interesting) is the Norfolk Biological Records CentreNorfolk Biological Records Centre based at Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service at Union House, Gressenhall. This stores information on the distribution of plants and animals throughout the county.

Note for Oulton Broad and a few other areas, you would need to contact the Suffolk Biological Records Centre based in Ipswich Museum

Craig
Manager, Staffordshire Biological Records Centre

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