Tag: marsh harriers

Jun 11th by Ian under Bird Watching

This is the Osprey eyrie from a different viewpoint, you can see the happy couple intact. Moments earlier however there was a third Osprey hanging around and was perched where the present Osprey is perched, it was calmly escorted off the premises, I was expecting both Ospreys to do it and assertively but no, just when you think you can predict bird behaviour, you can't! The, I think male, Osprey in the second picture is on a perch quite near me in a different position from the first shot, note the length of the wings hence the…
I was out over the estuary by 7.30 AM watching a Harrier-less reedbed, they are just not around. My old pals the coos are back in the field and are very placid, I wonder if they have any memory of me? For the first time the shelducks were flying around making their ha ha noises, two males and two females.¬† Heard and saw sedge warblers, also willow warblers and chiffchaffs possible blackcap whose song I have to re-learn every year it just does not stick in my head! Fed up waiting for a harrier I had a…

Apr 5th by Ian under Bird Watching

5th April and it rained all day yesterday and before then we had southerly gales so when I got out today I was hopeful of Ospreys between showers. But first on the eye menu was a dark marsh harrier, first inclination it was the female I saw a few days before, this bird was hunting by quartering so I got a good look at her/him. Well I convinced myself it was a dark male as the contrast on the upper wing was evident, the black primaries, the paler main wing and the very definite chestnut of the forewing, it also…
The one picture of the Osprey should have been two, but the male was off, moved by the females begging calls before I set up the digiscope. The point is this was my first evidence of the pair being bonded, but not nesting, they appear to have their allegiance to the "frustration" nest built last year, that is in the navigation pole, but perhaps paired up too late to build it to their satisfaction, I couldn't spent enough field time earlier on to sort it out. Several Marsh harriers are in evidence, both females, one with a blue tag on…
4/8/13, am, as I predicted (to myself) both juveniles on the wing and as it was low tide, down on the estuary sand banks. One was up to its tail washing the other standing doing the odd preen. It is obvious the independence of the pair to each other given the distance between them and just doing their own thing, in fact one flew off and the other remained. Both juvs had been ringed. I saw no adults so female could be gone with the male remaining or both adults may have gone leaving the juvs to migrate separately to…
Like I stated last week you need to choose your weather window, Saturday was just foul, rained all day, I mean all day. Made F1 qualifying interesting at Silverstone, I wonder where that name comes from, does it have a geological link? so Sunday dawned dry and clear, I know as I went to the loo, I was however out on station looking for Marsh harrier movement by 8.30, having snapped the whole osprey family on the eyrie before that. However today (up to F1 and tennis) was to be devoted to the harriers whose single chick…
I was out at the back of seven am on the 15/5/10, and I immediately recognised that the bird on the eyrie was the male. The crest on the female is more pronounced and browner, she arrived within five minutes landed near the nest, then after a few preens and calls she made a quick flap to the eyrie, a few calls, hopped nearer and he got off. So yet another change over, my¬† 4th, all in the morning and this time much earlier than I saw the others! When you don't witness this for years and see four within…

Apr 18th by Ian under Bird Watching

On the 17th April went along and the often Osprey domestic scene unfolded, him on a nearby branch and her on the nest. And ten minutes later ? same scene. So I moved and after much panning around with the telescope spotted a female Marsh harrier, about 3 km away, it was windy and the bird was doing that harrier "lapwing" flight and like a lot of birds can do merged into the background and disappeared. I panned around for another half an hour trying to get the male, but that was my harrier moment, gone but welcome. Also welcome…

Apr 15th by Ian under Bird Watching

On the 10th April the female Osprey was sitting on the nest cup, so in the last week she has laid an egg and is now incubating. I did see that the male has a left leg ring so my assumption is that the male is as last year. Buzzard was mewing above me, great spotteds were loudly "cheeping" and a lone willow warbler was singing away. At the time of watching the male had a fish, on a fence post in sight of the nest, well eaten, when I spotted him, again the tail end. I saw him later…
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