Thursday, 19 February 2015

Out looking for Harriers

Went out today 18/02/15 with Harriers in mind but first port of call was Morden Bog to see if i could find the Shrike no luck with that one, but after leaving the site I see on bird guides it was found. Anyway still had a nice morning there with Peregrine, Goldcrests Long-tailed tits Crossbill seen and heard and a Woodlark singing, a small group of Fieldfare in the first field and a Buzzard.
From there went to Hartland Moor no Harriers, only a Kestrel seen, made my way down to middlebere hide by way of going to the Harrier hide first,  lots of curlew in the fields out in the channel Canada geese and Shelduck and another Kestrel
Scanned over the reeds at middlebere no Harriers, a raven flew over head and three Spoonbill flew up and over the hill. Got to the hide not much out in the channel think they must have been down past the rspb viewing screen, reports of a ringtail, and male Hen Harrier missed those , the the way back and just past the cottages I stopped to scan the reeds again and some Spoonbills came in landed but did not settle took to the air a flew straight towards me and over my head a splendid view of Juveniles I presume black wing tips and dark under wing coverts
From there I headed over to the top of Slepe Heath , two Mistle Thrush displaying and singing,  another Kestrel, lot of birds out in the wareham channel no harriers though RSPB staff I think were working on Arne moors this afternoon.
Buzzard, Peregrine, 4 sightings of Kestrel and Spoonbill made for a nice relaxing day.

Record shot of a Peregrine

View from Harrier Hide

Looking across Hartland Moor

Looking across Arne Moors

Looking down Slepe Heath to Hartland Moor

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