Bird Watching (UK) - - 30 Years Of Birdwatching -

The Spoon­bill bred in East Anglia un­til about 1650. Since then, it has been a scarce vis­i­tor which has threat­ened to make a come­back. By the end of 1990s, th­ese threats were start­ing to be taken se­ri­ously, as a sum­mer­ing pop­u­la­tion of a few dozen birds in­cluded some play­ing at nest build­ing in East Anglia and Cheshire. In 2010, this prom­ise was con­verted into re­al­ity with the first mod­ern breed­ing proven at Holkham, North Nor­folk. Now, mixed age groups of Spoon­bills are ex­pected at sev­eral East Anglian sites as breed­ing colonies are es­tab­lish­ing.

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