Tag Archives: Marsh Harrier

Whooper Swan – 11th December

This morning, during the Monthly Birdcount, four Whooper Swans circled over the Deep Pit. They very nearly landed, but thought better of it. The Marsh Harrier was seen again, being mobbed by crows in the Deep Pit and later flying high over the Slurry Lagoon reed-bed and a Raven was also seen over the Slurry Lagoon. Over the Ecopark a Ring-necked Parakeet was seen. PS.

Marsh Harrier – 7th December

The juvenile Marsh Harrier was seen again this morning, pursued by crows until it dropped into the Slurry Lagoon reed-bed. Also a calling Green Sandpiper flew over the Slurry Lagoon towards the Ecopark, followed later by two Common Snipe and a Water Rail made its dash across the gap in front of the Causeway bench. PS.

Marsh Harrier and Carrion Crow – PS.

Marsh Harrier – 16th November

This morning the Bearded Reedlings were heard in the reeds along the north side of the Slurry Lagoon, but not seen and the female Pintail was still present. Water Rails were seen three times (at least two individuals) as they flew across in front of the Causeway bench. Several small flocks of Fieldfares flew through, totalling about 155. PS.

Female Pintail – PS.

In the afternoon a juvenile Marsh Harrier was seen over the Slurry Lagoon. MC.

Bearded Reedling – 19th October

This morning there was a massive passage of Fieldfares and Redwings, with hundreds flying overhead. Also seen were a Red Kite and a Raven. On the Slurry Lagoon a Dunlin appeared, and the Pintail and Garganey were still present and a single Bearded Reedling was seen flying twice across in front of the Causeway bench. PS.

In the afternoon a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was on the Slurry Lagoon and a male and female Bearded Reedling showed down to a few metres. Later on a juvenile Marsh Harrier was seen hunting the Slurry Lagoon. MC.

Bearded Reedling – male – MC.
Bearded Reedling – female – MC.