Belton 29 03 2012

Finished work at 1pm,it was a toss-up between falling asleep on the settee listening to pink floyd or taking Lily for walkies to Belton,umm tough call.

Belton,Belmount wood.  2 ravens were ‘cronking’ away,one of the best sounds in the birding universe I always think.From the tower area I was watching 6 common buzzards in the air together when I noticed something above them,much higher.Couldn’t believe my luck- HEN HARRIER ! male bird.What a complete and utter fluke.It was well high up but unmistakeable  heading very slowly norhwards,I must have had it in view for a good few minutes and watched it shrink to an infinitesimal dot.I tried getting a photo,but couldn’t get it in my viewfinder,it would only have been a dot anyway.I’m thinking that the bird must have been on it’s spring migration? It made it’s path somewhere between Newark and Lincoln.

A male blackcap was feeding voraciously,but never made any calls,unlike the three chiffchaffs seen.The both ever reliable nuthatch and treecreeper showed well and thirteen fieldfares were perched atop some ash trees,along with a redwing.Green and great spotted woodpeckers entertained.Strangely,onsidering the summerlike conditions,hardly any folk were about.

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