|Whimbrel in field|
|Whimbrel on the move|
|One Pheasant has been alerted by my presence|
|And now bith of them have|
Then, as I approached the newly created raised pools, I heard a Cuckoo call in the distance. After 10 minutes of looking through my binoculars I couldn't see it and so I carried on up the path where I did see a Reed Bunting and a Yellowhammer in the trees and several other LBJ's flying from the Moss into the trees that border the ploughed field.
A little further down the path the Cuckoos called again, this time for a longer period of time. When I looked though my bins I got a brief glimpse of two grey birds flying over the distant trees on the edge of the Moss - I'm sure these were two Cuckoos because their wings were very pointed - and then they were gone, not to be seen again tonight.
At the far end of the path I met up with Dave Thacker and we had a good chat whilst looking in the newly ploughed field behind Rindle Wood. There were many different birds here, which I've listed below:
- A single Oystercatcher
- Mistle Thrushes
- Pied Wagtail
- Many Swallows flying low over the ploughed field catching flies
Before leaving we had a last look for the Cuckoos to no avail, but we did see a couple of Willow Warblers singing their hearts out and silhouetted against the sky as the sun was going down. As we walked back to Rindle Road, we heard a Curlew calling in the distance and then eventually saw it on the ground in the far field next to the new Rindle cottage.
- A single Curlew
- 2 Grey Partridges
- A Marsh Harrier
We had great views of the Marsh Harrier being mobbed by the Curlew and a Lapwing as it looked for nests on the ground. It had a couple of inner primaries missing from its right wing and Dave now thinks this was a 2nd calendar year male, but I'll have to take his word for that!
Here's how the story unfolded:
|Curlew sees Marsh Harrier|
|Curlew goes for Marsh Harrier|
|Curlew hits Marsh Harrier and veers off|
|Lapwing joins in|
|Lapwing bides its time|
|Lapwing goes for it|
|Marsh Harrier flies off luckily without losing any more feathers|
Thanks Dave, I'd have a missed a lot these birds if you hadn't been there tonight. Here are some enhanced pictures of the Marsh Harrier with a bit of artistic license: