Sunday, 15 January 2012

Harrier Roost

From the fishing boats this morning in brisk south easterly still plenty of Guillemots, Razorbills, Red Throated Divers and Great Crested Grebes on the sea, though it did not seem as many yesterday but counting was difficult in a choppy sea. Kittiwakes and Gannets were milling around off shore and 127 Brent Geese flew east. The 2w Glaucous Gull was in the roost as was the 1w Caspian Gull later.
On the ARC from the causeway the Long Tailed Duck, 2 red head Smew, 14 Goldeneye and a Marsh Harrier were at the south end.
In 2 hour plod around the reserve the highlights were 2 Tree Sparrows, 2 Marsh Harriers and 200+ Golden Plover at the back of Hookers.
On Walland still 48 Bewick Swans including 5 juveniles. At dusk a minimum of 18 Marsh Harriers came into the marsh over the reed bed I was watching but none roosted there. No Hen Harriers were seen this evening.

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