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As promised, here is the second of what I hope will be many updates from Bowland's sat tagged harriers. Hope and Burt, sister and brother, fitted with sat tags on the 28th July have been flying for about 4.5 weeks now. They are a full month you

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Sightings have been superb over the past few days! There has been a lot of otter action on Lilian's pool with the dog (male) seen as well a couple of older young otters. The female and her younger cubs have been out and about too. There have also been sightings on Public and Lower pools, so keep an eye out for the water birds dashing across the pool - it could be a sign that otters are slinking below the surface. At Lilian's pool up to 10 water rails have been coming out on the reed edges, and the wading birds are enjoying the exposed mud with eight ruff and around 600 black-tailed godwits feeding there! This is a sight more commonly associated with the Allen and Eric Morecambe saltmarsh pools, and is the result of some major management work going on at the moment.  Ruff by Brian Salisbury That doesn't mean to say the Allen and Eric Morecambe pools are empty. A curlew sandpiper has been spotted there for the past few days as well as dunlins , ruff and the usual flocks of redshanks , lapwings  and black-tailed godwits. If you'd like to improve your wader identification, why not join experts Mike and Jane Malpass on our 'What's that Wader' event? Two great white egrets are still very much present and enjoying fishing on the reserve. They move around site between the saltmarsh, Lilian's and Public pools, so look out for them wherever you go.  An ideal opportunity to compare the sizes of a great white egret and grey heron by Martin Kuchczynski Our Wardens are into reed cutting time at the moment. Today they did a grand job at Tim Jackson pool, and tomorrow it is the turn of Lilian's pool for it's bi-summer spruce up. They will then move to Grisedale hide on Thursday (where you may even pick them up on our live webcam !) This vital management work helps keep the reedbed ship-shape for the wildlife that calls it home and is exciting to watch, so feel free to pop into the hide to see what they're up to. When the Warden's carry out this work, it does mean that the wildlife on that pool tends to move to another, but they soon return once the cutting has stopped. Read more about it here  in Alasdair's blog from last September.    

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