Sunday 18 February 2024


Mild, cloudy, SW 3 - This morning`s Ted walk (once the heavy overnight rain band had moved through) out towards St Mary-in-the-Marsh produced a few bits and pieces such as several Song Thrushes, Yellowhammers and Skylarks, a couple of Common Buzzards, a Cetti`s Warbler, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a lone Cormorant on a bridge over the New Cut. This afternoon I carried out the monthly harrier count at a private reedbed site on Walland Marsh where 16 Marsh and one male Hen Harrier came to roost. Also noted in the general area: hundreds of Starlings, 500 Goldies over, six Common Buzzards, two Ravens, 14 Corn Buntings, two Stonechats, calling Water Rail and Cetti`s Warbler, several Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and croaking Toads. Two Grey Herons were causing havoc over the reedbed chasing the harriers, corvids, gulls and two Great White Egrets. As I walked back to the car in the gloaming around 20 Bewick`s Swans and 100 Greylags flew overhead calling, en-route to their roost sites. 

                                  Newly groomed Ted!

                                  Myriads of flying insects

                                 Sunset over Walland

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