December 2010
1st A Mammal Day - Harveys Lane and Gapton Marshes: On the marshes highlight a Barn Owl and immature male Marsh Harrier. Colder today, frozen puddles, and very cold wind but only scattering of snow. Lots of Starlings flying in all directions, lots more Snipe, Lapwings and Golden Plover than usual in area.

 A Weasel (smaller and no black tip to tail compared to Stoat)
seen here in lane tyre track.


In the lane the weasel was searching alternate sides of the lane. A small mammal appeared in the tyre track, the weasel was in hot pursuit, grabbed the unfortunate prey and disappeared into the undergrowth in an instant, so no photograph!

PM.  Herringfleet area. Birds included 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Kestrels more Snipe and I nearly tripped over a Woodcock in the woods.

I noticed something disappear under the surface of a partly iced dyke and this turned out to be the highlight of the afternoon. I tried to avoid being seen while getting my camera ready, I snatched a look through my binoculars, it was walking towards me on the ice - an otter. I swapped to camera but it had disappeared again, so no photograph!

26th A red letter raptor day on Gapton Marshes.
A juvenile Peregrine was playing with Redshanks, Lapwings and the odd Marsh Harrier. There were at least 3 Marsh Harriers in the area (perhaps 4), together with at least 2 ringtail Hen Harriers (perhaps 3). A female Sparrowhawk with a full crop flew close by and a female Kestrel was also in the area.

Marsh Harrier, Crow, Peregrine

Hen Harrier, Crow, Peregrine

Close up of immature Peregrine

Hen harrier


Marsh Harrier (mature female the 2 photos above)

27th Down Harpers Lane: A flock of pinkfeet geese on Gapton Marshes and four sightings of Hen Harrier, and a barn Owl were avian highlights. A Chinese Water deer was a new species for this my local walk. In the large dyke 3 Little Grebe and a Redshank.

Hen Harrier above

28th Harpers Lane at least 27 magpies!
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