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- work, pub or where big salmon lurk
Sitting eating lunch last week, social distancing as the previous 8 months one in one vehicle one in other 4 metres apart, one facing one way one facing the other, my work mate, who knows naff all about birds, but knows I have a little knowledge, had been watching a strange bird feeding, this , in a farm yard, in and around, where the farmer had just shifted some old, last years either straw or hay bales, he mentioned twice, and I turned round, looked, saw the bird, but couldn't see enough to identify it. finally I got out of my car, and walked over to the strange, not too shy bird, it eventually flew away only to return 10 minutes later! I knew what it was! I had seen one before in Egypt, and knew we got a few over here, I thought just in summer, down country, but unmistakably a "hoopoe" of all things, pied wings, peach colourings, thin long curved beak, and when alerted, the unmistakable raised crest, no doubt at all, put a post about it on the bird forum, a lot of people poo hood it and said it was a jay! na, no way! then a poster said "very probable" as one had been observed at lynmouth a town 15-20 miles away and had been hanging round for a week or two, it never returned as we kept a eye out, but (if you could be bothered) another one to tick of in the book.