Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Ridiculous Raptor Revelry!

Stopping off on route the initial highlights were pairs of Shelduck and Little Grebe. A brief, distant drumming was probably a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. At 6.38 am a large raptor was seen and identified as the local escaped Harris' Hawk. It is still a great bird to watch, so I moved round to view the bird again. Amazingly, it was now flying low over the area with an early rising Buzzard. Scanning to the west, a male Marsh Harrier was immediately seen - my first here this year, but have been around for a week! I continued scanning and found (another?) male Marsh Harrier to the east! Back to the West a large slim raptor appeared above the trees. Immediately it could be seen to be a Red Kite! A rather ragged bird, with feathers missing in the left wing and tail. Another Buzzard quickly appeared, making it 6 large raptors of 4 species, all within 10 minutes, all before 7.00 am! A Sparrowhawk was also seen!

A brief stop at Walsey had me lifting my binoculars to 3 Swallow flying through east, then a single bird briefly lingering, then the rain set in!

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Norfolk 364 BOU, 376 UK400, Year 171, Route 124, Sp 85, SM 87, SF 38

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