Osprey, having just finished a breakfast of finest Lade carp
However, I digress. This morning on the local patch my fourth Osprey of the autumn performed like a good `un, flying over south lake and dropping down in classic fish hawk style to pluck what looked like a carp from just beneath the surface. The Osprey then flew to the 200` wall mirror, settled on the corner and devoured its breakfast despite the attention of a couple of crows and a Magpie. Judging from the pale tipped back and wing feathers our bird appeared to be a juvenile. When I left site at 1000hrs it was still sat on the mirror digesting its prey and having a preen.
A few grounded passerines included Wheatears, Reed Buntings and Mipits, plus a trickle of Goldfinches and Skylarks overhead. Marsh Harriers, Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were also noted around the site, and to round off a fine morning of raptors a Short-eared Owl came from behind the mirrors and quartered the Desert towards Tower Pits.
1700hrs - Another check of the pits this afternoon revealed the Osprey still present, this time flying over north lake and sending the local Herring Gulls into a frenzy.