Started this morning with a pair of Dippers in the stream on the way to the reserve, then to Wrafton pond where about a dozen each of Gadwall and Shoveler, with single Tufted Duck and Wigeon, no sign of the 2 male Pochard seen recently. On the way back along the Tarka Trail, a Harrier sp seen heading out towards the great field - seemed to have narrower wings than the Marsh Harriers I've seen recently, but a bit distant, so headed out that way and found a female Marsh Harrier, around the area at the N end of the Toll Rd. Carried on along the Marsh Road, and saw another female Marsh Harrier over Braunton Burrows, being mobbed by Corvids. Glad there are still 2 around. Back to the reserve, where a large Thrush flew in. Excellent - first time I've seen a Mistle Thrush here!

Posted January 16th, 2014 at 12:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News