Thursday, 23 August 2012


A late start this morning still suffering bravely and needing a hair cut. Had a look at the ARC from Hanson and found no real change from yesterday. The Willow Trail held 5+ Willow Warblers. I joined TG and BM at the obs on a raptor watch. The highlight being an Osprey all be it distant and straight out to see, also seen 13 Sparrowhawks and 3 Marsh Harriers, 2 Wheatears round the moat.
I spent the best part of 4hrs sea watching by the fishing boats and was later joined by TG in the hope that yesterdays Roseates might return. Unlike yesterday most the Terns were along way out as were 3+ Arctic Skua's and a few Gannets, 2 Little Terns were seen (not common here in Autumn). Although not alot was seen it was thoroughly enjoyable chatting, lounging in our chairs soaking up the sun(hard work but someones got to do it). Late afternoon I received a text from SB about a Ringtail Harrier at Galloways that might be interesting but was only seen distantly. On my arrival SB was still there and the Harrier soon showed distantly in the heat haze that's my excuse, we were still none the wiser until a little later when we joined by CT, it then flew straight past us out on to the ranges confirming that it was a Hen Harrier also 4+ Whinchats there. 

Hen Harrier Pity about the heat haze

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