short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Surlingham Marshes - Hen harrier delight!

 I meet Jim in the car park and water proof jacket at the ready! It was a miserable morning but we were staying positive and after my fantastic patch sightings mid week (Black Tailed Godwit,Dunlins and Goldeneye) i was aware that things were happening .
 We started the walk down to the River had a Kingfisher flew across then as we approached the river 4x Goldcrests in among the trees above us. Then we heard and saw a bullfinch followed by a nice singing Chiffchaff  and then Jim spotted a Little Egret on the other side of river. We continued onto the lagoon.  A counted 16x Teal,6x Gadwall, 3x Shelduck, 2x Lapwings, & 2x Grey Herons. Then everything took to the air.Then a ring tail  Hen Harrier came out from beside the hide we in and low over the Lagoon! We both got on it and watched as it scared the hell out of the Teal flock and then surprisingly watched as it landed in a nearby tree on the edge of the water. A closer look showed this to probably be young male.We were watching it for around 10 minutes as it preened its self ,before taking off and chasing a Meadow Pipit over the reeds before landing again over the back near the gun club . We decided to head off in that direction seeing only a few Long Tailed Tits along the way.We didn't manage to pick it up again but we did get 2 more sightings of another Kingfisher along with a couple of calling Oystercatchers, a Treecreeper , a Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail and a fly over Kestrel before the rain set in and saw us heading back to the vehicles.
 A bloody good mornings work considering the miserable day that was fore casted the night before!
  Some Digi scoped pictures of that Hen Harrier  below:

ring tailed Hen Harrier

Happy Birding ,

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