Walland Marsh - cold, overcast, NE 3 - A murky afternoon out on the Marsh in the company of CP for the monthly harrier count turned into a decent session for a change. En-route we connected with 18 Bewick`s Swans and at least three Whoopers, Great White and Little Egrets, Common Buzzard and Merlin, five Golden Plovers and three Snipe, but yet again hardly any passerines were noted apart from a few Meadow Pipits and small flocks of Starlings heading to roost. However, despite the poor light the harriers put on a fine show with 17 Marsh Harriers coming to roost, plus a beautiful adult male Hen Harrier that flew around for a while being hassled by a couple of Marsh Harriers before eventually dropping down into the reedbed for the night, a magnificent sight and the first time we`ve had one here for a while. As the light faded a Barn Owl hunted over the field in front of us against a backdrop of the wild swans calling as they too headed to roost on a nearby water.
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