Hi all, been a bit busy lately so not had much opportunity to get out and about in the local area and seem to be missing everything that has passed through, it was always “there yesterday” (sighs).

Anyway, I am off to the Ascension Islands for two weeks soon so went into town to send off my passport for renewal. Unusually there was no queue of pensioners so I wqas ina nd out quite quick and nipped up into Marston.

As I turned off the road that comes down from the Olde Barn and leads to the hide, I noticed some corvids hassling a raptor. I wasn’t sure but I wondered if it was the Hen Harrier. It got fed up and flew off towards the hide area.

I got up to the hide and took a few snaps. Blue Tits, Great Tits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were there, along with Chaffinches and a Dunnock. Out on the scrape there wasn’t much at all. 8 Teal was all I could see.

Incoming!!!!

GSW

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Great Tit

I heard quite a splash on the scrape and when I looked over there was a lone Shelduck just landed. I have seen one here before but hadn’t heard of one this year so I messaged SL and he confirmed it was a first report for this year.

Shelduck

I was busy getting a few snaps when all of a sudden there was an almighty racket and a whole load (100+) Greylags circled the scrape and landed back in the field behind the hide.

Greylag

Then, without any apparent reason, the Shelduck took off in a hurry and the 8 Teal scattered quite noisily. To my amazement the Hen Harrier flew across the scrape and over onto the Marsh beyond. I only saw it for long enough to get 3 quick shots and sadly the light wasn’t great but the pictures are clear enough for records.

Hen Harrier

Hen Harrier

Hen Harrier

All in all, not a bad hour, with 2 new ones on my list for this year!

Joe