Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Even the military are interested in this site.

Did not expect much today (shows how much I know)

Started with a nice distant Stonechat and all the usual finches and tits. Then had a look across the valley and observed 300-500 Teal and Wigeon.

Then I was joined by the military.

Down side all the birds in the valley went up!

Plus side it exposed dozens more birds who were obviously hiding in the reeds and surrounding trees and shrubs.

After everything had settled down and spending sometime watching Buzzards soaring across the valley, it became very noticeable that the valley was full of Skylarks at least 20 separate birds were observed.

Came across the remains of what looked like a Snipe (could be wrong) very neat leftovers though.

A nice Kestrel, Little grebe and Pochard were all welcome after the military fly pass,

Then the main event!!!

All the birds in the valley were clearly on edge!
Were the military on their way back?

I observed an amazing site a Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine Falcon and i swear (if i didn't know better) that these two birds were working as a team.

First the Harrier flushed the birds on the water mainly Teal,Wigeon,Snipe and Golden plover and the odd Curlew then the Peregrine would dive bomb the birds,they were absolutely petrified.

This went on for the best part of half an hour before two Chinook helicopters flew low across the valley and at that point both raptors took off down the valley. What a cracking morning.

 Peregrine and Marsh Harrier join forces to find breakfast.

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