Apr 21st by Ian under Bird Watching

21/4/16 been out a couple of times before the 21st but was unsure if the Osprey had really adopted their old eyrie site with the man made replacement. Well they have, and I assume this photo shows the male on the nest rim and the female now out of sight and sitting on eggs. The new nest site does not allow direct observation as the old one did so I think I will wait until the chicks are up and about before I return to the new observation spot which is nearer and arguably disturbing. Also I caught in my scope while scanning, a male marsh harrier hunting,  he went up river over ditches and green fields till i lost sight of him, I assumed he would return at some point the way he had come, hopefully with prey then a food exchange with the female would reveal the nest site. Not to be, I scanned and better scanned the return trip down river and nothing, after an hour watching I had to plant tatties at home so returned to the car parked off a main road and spotted as first identified a bird of prey as a buzzard, but it was hunting and low! very strange, until I realised it was a male Marsh Harrier 100 metres from my car and hunting over a silage field. Well this adds a new landscape to this birds hunting area as I assumed they stuck to the reed beds and adjacent fields, it also makes my continual scanning for a "return" trip back down the reeds beds from where I spotted them redundant as they can hunt the fields behind me and return to the estuary in a loop behind me. I could therefore be scanning the wrong place for a returning male with prey to feed a female. singing willow warblers now all over the place, but swallows still rare sights, great spotted wood peckers still drumming and song thrushes giving it laldy.

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