Did you watch BBC Winterwatch last night? That hen harrier on the Scottish moors looked great, but to see one at much closer range and on my local patch this morning was awesome. The over-wintering juvenile was happy to hang around for a change, quartering the reedbed, occasionally dropping down and staying down for longish periods. The bird gave the best views so far and continued to show on and off all day. See DM’s previous posting, he and Chris Grimshaw enjoyed the bird after I left.

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Along Green Lane near the entrance to Wagtail Lodge there was a flock of c30 tree sparrows, most I’ve seen in the area for ages. Another bird that seems to be faring well is bullfinch, being seen on every visit this year, also at other local sites.