16th of February 2013.

Napton Reservoir.

Having woken up to a beautiful clear frosty and blue sky day, there was only one thing to do today and that was get out in the “Shire” and enjoy the fresh air and some wildlife. First stop was Napton Reservoir, my first visit this year and indeed for some time.

Species seen 19.

These were Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Great Crested Grebe, Black Head Gull, Herring Gull, Mallard, Coot, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Wigeon, Magpie, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Carrion Crow, Buzzard, Kestrel, and Raven.
Both the single Raven and three Buzzards were heard before catching sight of them over the fields of Home Farm.
After an hour here, I set off for Brandon Marsh to see what was about?

WWT – Brandon Marsh.

Species seen 32.

An afternoon visit to Brandon Marsh started as usual in the over-spill car park, while taking my stuff from the boot of the car I was immediately drawn to a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers high in the tree tops above the car park.

The highlight of the afternoon was seeing a Marsh Harrier over the Newlands reed beds. It perched for quite a while at the far end of Newlands and when in flight, it looked so graceful and almost appeared to be flying in slow motion! It disappeared from sight heading towards the screen area, however, due to the recent flooding I was not going to risk life and limp in my pursuit to see it at close quarters.  Let’s hope it visits again and the water levels continue to drop too?

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