Saturday 22nd April 2017

A dry but cold day and an early start for a visit to the Humber Estuary. The trip started well as immediately once out of the car and the unmistaken call of a reeling Grasshopper Warbler was heard. Seeing the bird provided far more of a challenge and despite lots of movements in the reed stems it proved completely elusive.
Shortly afterwards Reed Warbler, Cettis Warbler and Sedge Warbler were heard and seen in the same vicinity. Scanning over the vast Reed beds lots of Marsh Harriers were seen hunting and sparring with each other, and the star of the show a ♀ Montagu’s Harrier which put on quite a show throughout the day, all be it very distant, but scope views allowed to view this majestic bird. The ♀ will not stay long if a ♂ doesn’t arrive back, so lets hope her wait is a short one and a returning Male will find her.
After lunch a Booming Bittern deep in the reeds and a day flying Barn Owl seen very close, however the Bearded Tits put on a show but were impossible to photograph as they would not keep still for any period at all.
A lovely day and lets hope the Montagu’s finds her mate as these birds are in deep decline and are becoming rarer every year that passes.

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