I was woken just after two this morning by a gale and heavy rain. At least it me got a signal on the internet. The wind must have been blowing the ether my way. The wind has dropped the sun is out and the signal has followed the wind. I had a couple of good hours down on Leighton Moss. Met a sociable birder who let me have a look through his scope. Brilliant things they are, I could see for miles. Pink footed Geese, Wigeon, Coot, Mallard, A Gull, Cormorant, Tufted Duck and lots of other birds that I couldn’t identify. It didn’t last…..I saw what I thought was a thin Buzzard. Apparently it was a Marsh Harrier.
The birder nearly wet himself with excitement. The waterfowl did. I had never appreciated the laxative properties of a Harrier. The first sunny day for ages and it rained crap. I really will have to get myself another long lens…..a really long prime lens…….and a waterproof wide brimmed hat.
Come on Camelot….I did mean to buy some numbers…..promise I will if you tell me the correct ones.
The feeders are doing brisk business, mostly Marsh Tits and Long-tailed Tits. This post is a right Hotch Potch.
It’s bed time for the Starlings. I’m sorry about the power line. I’ll stand somewhere else tomorrow but I was too spellbound to move this evening……..Birders call this a murmaration or something like that……I call it fantastic.
I’ve seen them on film and other peoples pictures but never in the feather. It is a stunning sight. Somewhere in the mix There are two Buzzard, two Sparrow Hawk and a Merlin. I could just see bigger birds but am assured that’s what they were.
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