Ringtail hen harrier at Marston.


Patch gold….

After a good walk around the works area and riverside, I pulled in for a quick look at the car park. Not much to see, but while chatting to a chap from Fulbeck, a botanist who I’ve bumped into before, I noticed a raptor being hassled by some noisy crows. Crumbs!, it was a harrier-a female, or ringtail as it is sometimes called. It was near the Old Barn hotel, then hunted low over the fields beyond the car park, before heading towards the marsh via Mill lane before being lost to view. Anyone that knows Marston will know how difficult it is to view, being so flat and with lots of obstructions. I dashed off down the track, not really thinking I would see it again, but fifteen minutes later it reappeared as if from nowhere, still receiving a lot of attention from the local corvids. I had it in view for a good few minutes, managing a pic or two on my hand camera.

This could very well be a returning bird, as one was seen several times over a long period last winter, so hopefully it will be seen again.

Earlier a kingfisher was diving in the river, fieldfares were all over the place, a green and a great spotted woodpecker flew over. Two bullfinches showed, along with a couple of grey wagtails and a green sandpiper.

Just prior to leaving a peregrine flew overhead to round things off nicely.







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