Hen Harrier (c) 2010 Vince Cowell
We popped over to Mal Skelton's recently-discovered favourite site, and saw plenty of species. Unfortunately, the female Hen Harrier and the SEO let us down, but the male Hen Harrier put in a very lengthy performance this afternoon, as it traversed a fringe of vegetation to the north east of where we were situated, passed us to the east before it came across west of where we stood, before he headed off south. It was a "lifer" for most participants, and was a big plus for the afternoon. The Barn Owl was probably the best bird in the morning, and provided the perfect climax, as it flew towards the group, only veering away at the last moment. It then managed to catch a small mammal, and avoided the kleptoparasatism of a vigilant Kestrel. There were plenty of waders, incl. both species of Godwit, Grey Plovers, Curlew, Redshank, plus some confiding Dunlin & Knot. The 5 Yellowhammers near the car park provided a fitting climax to the afternoon. The light was excellent for virtually the first time this year!