Tuesday, 18 January 2011

What next?

I arrived at around 7.05 and could hear a Tawny Owl as I got out of the car, as ever I was accompanied by waking Blackbirds, Robins and Wrens as I made my way, first to the Granary where the National Trust have put a chalkboard up to inform visitors about recent wildlife sightings, I added a couple of bits then continued on to the lake, it was actually pretty quiet 3 Moorhens, 1 Siskin over a Bullfinch called and several Redwings and Fieldfares were heading out to feed. I made my way back towards the car park when I noticed a raptor being mobbed by a crow, MARSH HARRIER (69), I've only had a handful of records over the years and never in the winter. It looked like it had come up from the lake area, so I could have easily walked passed it when it was roosting!! Now I'm thinking will it roost there again tonight? Maybe I'm using all my luck up early this year!


Warren Baker said...

Excellent Harrier sighting Alan, most exciting!!

Like you ive had very few Marsh harrier records, all in late Autumn :-) Nice one

Phil said...

Very nice sighting Alan, hope it's back tonight!

Alan Pavey said...


I was really surprised and wonder where it came from, the closest I've had before was a Hen Harrier in late November many years ago, otherwise September is usually when I'm keeping more of an eye out.

Cheers Al