Pleasant summer evenings have been in short supply this yearso the weather of the last week has been a welcome return to normal service. I hada walk around the site this evening and the highlight was a superb juvenile marsh harrier.
A flock of eight little egrets flew up from the southernpart of the site, gleaming white and ghostly against a dark background oftrees. A large raptor drifting over the southern tree line had spooked them andit was a marsh harrier; it’s been a while since I last saw one at Langford sofantastic to see this bird. It flew down and hunted over Phase 3 and I saw somebehaviour I’d not witnessed before. Flying low it flushed a brown hare and as the hare ran away theharrier pursued it, swooping down several times and at one point seemed totouch the hare’s back with its talons. This is what is so enjoyable about Langford– new experiences at a new landscape. The harrier eventually flew off to the north.
Other highlights of the evening were:
Kingfisher – one fishing on the silt lagoons and one caught a fish in a ditch on Phase 3
Waders – a curlew flew south, a single snipe flew up from Phase 2 and therewere totals of two common sandpipersand five green sandpipers
Yellow-legged gull – two adults flew north with lesser black-backed gulls on their evening commute to roost at Collingham Pits
Thanks for this Carl, a really interesting piece of behaviour from the marsh harrier and some good highlights too.
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