A harrier fly-past

This morning I had a brief walk at Lady Anne’s Drive in the hope – not fulfilled today! – of seeing the firecrest again. However there were, as always at the moment, impressive numbers of wigeon and pink-footed geese, and regular fly overs by marsh harriers. I never get tired of seeing these magnificent birds, although they are very common around here. I rarely get decent photos, but today managed a reasonable shot of an adult female.

marsh harrier at Holkham

Brenda writes: “This afternoon Steve introduced me to Sculthorpe Moor nature reserve. No wonder he was raving about it. It is the most wonderful habitat just a stone’s-throw from Fakenham, 11 miles inland from Wells. Boardwalks take you through old woodland and reed-beds. You can sneak a peek at the tawny owls in their nest box and the trees are alive with small birds – blue tit, great tit, chaffinch, greenfinch, bullfinch, brambling, robin, dunnock, house sparrow, nuthatch – and today we had great views of a kingfisher. In the middle of the reserve there is a huge beaver enclosure. I can’t believe it has taken me five years to discover this reserve and I will definitely be visiting regularly from now on.”

No new species for February 9th:

Birds = 116
Moths = 3
Wildflowers = 15