Well it appears that my osprey diary could indeed come to an end, as I searched for them and failed to find them. The point is I searched where I could watch and failed, I certainly don't want to observe from a public place or the corner of a farmer's yard, kinda removes the "wildness" feeling. However good news on the marsh harrier front, I just by mere fluke put my scope on a tree where a crow was scolding a male marsh harrier, and in his own time he departed to hunt, I watched him for about 30 mins losing him three times, however I saw him making a successful catch of something small and immediately he made a bee line to feed the female. It was a longish flight "home" but in due course up she came and I suppose the food transfer took place as it was all too quick to take in not aided by up to half a dozen "street corner crows" waiting to mob or snatch the prey. I presume it was satisfactory as the female returned to the nest and the male made off, the clock was ticking, I made off too. Knowing the position of that nest helps considerably when the birds are ringed, wing tagged, or even satellite tagged. This male is not wing tagged so if he has a second female on eggs nearby it will be difficult to say it is a polygynous male. I was good to be by the reeds, heard a great spotted woodpecker drumming, (in the woods!) and lots of sedge warblers were on territory, heard one give the kewick kewick of a tawny owl. Willow warblers have now joined the chiffchaffs and I am nearly sure I heard a whitethroat, every year I need to get my ear in for certain warblers.

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