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‘Are you looking for outdoor bunting?’ read the ad in the local newspaper.

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Well, no, actually, I was outdoors looking for Spotted flies – this rather handsome Reed bunting was an added bonus!

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It did look a little out of place, sitting in a leafy tree amongst a long row of leafy trees, rather than in or very near the reed beds around the lakes.

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But it was certainly a very decorative addition to my afternoon’s birdwatching.

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