Rushy Common Marsh Harrier

Johb C. writes:

Last Thursday, after another morning removing tree guards at Tar Lakes, I spent some of the afternoon in the Rushy Common hide to see whether the Marsh Harrier I had seen two weeks previously was still around.

Three of us went into the hide – it was a cold day – for lunch and at about 1:30 it appeared on the far side of the lake. Like last time she (I think it’s a female) seemed to be be trying to catch ducks, but unsuccessfully during the time I was watching.

After fifteen minutes or so I walked up to the viewing screen at the western end of the lake, beyond the car park for a better view. This time I managed to get a few pictures, though my ‘optics’ are not really good enough.

I also walked over to Hardwick and around Tar Lakes. The 50-plus Red-crested Pochard that had been on one of the Tar lakes two weeks ago had mostly gone – I counted only seven – and there was very little on the fishing lakes. However, another hour in the hide was quite productive with a good showing of Lapwings, a Great White Egret, a couple of Shelduck, a pair of Egyptian geese (the first I had seen for a long time), two pairs of Goldeneye and the first returning Oystercatcher of the year. There were also a fair number of Gadwall, whose understated elegance and lack of flashiness appeals to me.

Although not exactly natural history, another notable overflight whilst I was there was by a B52….

John Cobb

12 Feb 2022