Saturday, 25 February 2012

Winter reprise

Winter isn’t quite done with us yet and still keen to show it can put on a spectacle – in this case in this cracking shot of one of the Hen Harriers that has been frequenting us all winter from North Marsh by Mike Day:

We reckon this is likely a 1st winter male on the basis of this photo – but have a look on this excellent site for further details on ageing and sexing hen harriers.

Also active have been Peregrine around site – hunting Teal over the lagoons with a Common Buzzard seen too. The two smew were on Watton again – looks like another all female winter. A few more pink-feet have been seen moving through site and another 6 Lesser Redpoll were on the cones again. Egyptian Goose, Woodcock, Pintail and Goosander also seen with Water Rail on South Lagoon. Most evenings are turning up Mediterranean Gulls like tonight with two – an adult and a 1st winter.

On the sunny side the Oystercatchers and Black-tailed Godwit are still about with Little Egret over and the kingfisher seemingly making a return to North Marsh to the delight of many. For all the latest moth news and including the array caught this morning check out Martin’s blog.