After yesterday's awful weather a bright and comparatively calm day was most welcome.
Song Thrushes are now in full voice, they are quite easy to pick out as they repeat each phrase they sing, normally three or four times.
I decided to go out of the area for an excursion to Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve. I quickly found this Treecreeper near the car park but apart from that the wood was quiet with no winter finches (Redpolls or Siskins) at all.
One of the delights here is sitting in the hide and watching the activity over the marsh. Every now and again a Marsh Harrier, in this case a female or juvenile, would fly over and cause pandemonium amongst the other birds.I don't know why the Greylag Geese fly, they are much too large to be attacked by a Harrier.
Several hundred roosting gulls scattered over the open water, but quickly returned to carry on loafing about on the lake.
This time, however it was a juvenile Hen Harrier, it broad white rump giving it the name of a "ring-tail", a name a pplied to the females and juveniles of several species of Harriers that show this characteristic.
Soon after this another Marsh Harrier arrived and dropped into the reed bed for a while. I don't know if it was pursuing prey, but I didn't see it carrying anything off.