20th June 2017

June 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Blacktoft Harriers and Dusky Maidens

Late morning arrival at Blacktoft hoping for spotshanks on the tide and some more shots at a perfect marsh harrier if only they'd come that bit closer...

I went to Marshland first to check if anything had dropped in. A sedge warbler showed well just before the hide.

The male harrier showed very distantly over towards Alkborough church but the female patrolled the reedbeds in the Townend/Singleton area. Here are some more attempts at better marsh harrier photos...

Eventually I headed back. Good but fleeting view of a cetti's warbler en route. First comma of the year too.

Spotted redshanks x4 were on Marshland but well over the far side. The avocets pushed them about a lot but later let a magpie take one of their eggs. 

Distant spotted redshanks looking nice and black!

Treat of the day came when a bittern climbed into view on the reeds to the right hand side of Marshland lagoon.


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