24 April 9.00 am, up to 12 carrion crows were giving the, not on the nest Osprey, absolute grief, turns out it was the female as after getting no peace at the top of a tree she flew around many times with the crow entourage and eventually settled on the nest for a cross over. Having never seen a cross over till last week, now I've witnessed two. There were plenty of martins and swallows in the air, the air was calm and there was a mist, although lifting with the daytime rising heat. A perfect time to listen, I could hear the Osprey chee, chee cheeing, the wispy call of a willow warbler, a song thrush giving it large, sheld ducks circling, in fours,  uttering their rapid Ka, ka, ka laughter flight call, what are they up to? they also have a soft see, see call uttered in flight and on the water, the rookery cacophonous. And best of all the curlew, urgent to a crescendo, then the plaintive cur-lew, cur-lew finishing with a bubbling note. Quite the best and evocative bird call to be heard on a still misty morning. Spent 40 mins looking for harriers, not a one, but on the 25th April about 8.30 am, I was scanning reedbeds and spotted a male harrier obviously nest building, no female, he landed in the same place three times with nesting material and took off down river. I hung around but he had gone off presumably hunting. I checked last years nesting spot but there was no activity. The Ospreys were in a settled mode, however the male was off as I was returning to the car, and not a crow in sight. Why do the crows act mob "winged" one day and are nowhere the next? just young birds flying around tree corners making mischief?

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