Sunday, 14 December 2014

Harrier Roost at Stodmarsh

Female Marsh Harrier .

I joined Martyn Wilson and Chidders along the Lampen Wall at 6.30am this very frosty cold morning to see the Harriers coming out of roost  and we were not disappointed with counts of 25 + Marsh Harriers and 2 stunning male Hen Harriers .

There were 1000+ Fieldfares leaving their overnight roost in the reed bed which was also great to see , after approx an hour and half we ventured around to the Marsh hide and had decent views of a Cetti's Warbler and 2 Stonechats plus distant views of 5 Water Pipits .


We then after a sufficient  amount of coffee and a well deserved warm up returned to the Lampen Wall where we added several Water Rails , Bearded Tits pinging in the reeds and of course the usual very showy Robin's.

Martyn picked out a distant Bittern on the edge of the reed bed and a Peregrine flew through spooking all the geese into a right old frenzy .

We then decided to head to the Reed bed hide and had a brief view of a Kingfisher which was our 2nd bird of the morning.


Lovely blue flash on these birds.

Really enjoyable birding session this morning , many thanks to Martyn and Chidders for their company.