13th of October 2012.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust – Brandon Marsh.

A late afternoon visit to Brandon Marsh in the hope of seeing a Barn Owl again at dusk, as last Saturday, however, there was no sign of it today.

East Marsh is now host to a great many Greylag and Canada Geese, in addition to these was a single Egyptian Goose along with a rather strange looking hybrid goose!

Looking upwards, a Kestrel, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk were viewed, however what happened later sent everything up from East Marsh Pool.

Taking a few seconds to locate what had disturbed everything, I quickly took sight of a raptor which at first glance, I thought was a Buzzard. The bins soon had the ID confirmed; it was in fact a Marsh Harrier.

Minutes after it disappeared over the farthest part of Newlands, the hide door opened and in walked friend and fellow birder Helen. I quickly told her of the sighting and right on cue this magnificent bird showed up. We both ran to the Carlton hide where we were greeted by George and Steve, two other regular birders. We were all treated to superb views of the bird flying high, then low over the reed beds. It finally went to ground at 5.45pm and was not seen again, suggesting that it may stay a while? The photograph is a very distant record shot.

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