Saturday, 21 September 2013

Marsh Harrier - Beeley Moor

A rather grey, overcast start to the day with light drizzle but brightened up considerably by the sight of a cream-crowned (female or immature) Marsh Harrier crossing the moor. Mobbed by a Carrion Crow initially and then by a Peregrine. It was very distant in the poor light so it's just about a record shot. There are only one or two records from the moor each year so it's still a very rare visitor despite the dramatic increase in the UK breeding population in recent years.
Two parties of Snipe totalling 29 birds flying NW was a local record count for me, also single Crossbill.
Marsh Harrier and Peregrine

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