RSPB Greylake - Sunday 08/10/17

 
Robin Morrison
 
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Robin Morrison
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09 October 2017 23:06
 

Apologies for being a day late, but a few observations from Sunday 8 October 9:30 - 12:30

Not too sure why the reedbed loop was taped off, so these observations are from a rather reduced viewing area.

Kestrel.
Great entertainment from this bird. Hunting off the gate to the right of the hide and the fence poles. Looks like it caught a dragonfly mid-air at one point. Also this is a bit of a feisty bird. It was seen having a go at a Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier and a Buzzard or two. However, the Rooks had a spat with the Kestrel. ( no sign of the Peregrine, no doubt keeping out of the way of the Kestrel)
5 Buzzards in a Thermal
Male and Female Marsh Harriers flew over hide. As did 3 mute swans, a small flock of Lapwing and a few ducks mainly Mallards.
Overall Duck numbers are very low.
Grey Heron, Cormorant and Little Egret all feeding close to the hide.
Water Rail visible in front of hide, along with Reed Buntings, Wrens, Kingfisher.

Picture of Kingfisher here: Kingfisher
(Please note similar Kingfishes can also be found at Westhay, Canada Farm, Shapwick, Ham Wall, River Tone, River Parrett, River Isle and River Yeo. So its a good time to see and watch Kingfishers anywhere :-) )

Masses of Dragonfly on the wing and a few Red Admirals still around.

and finally a Heat Haze by noon.
An excellent morning.