Amberley Wildbrooks and Hail's View

 A dawn start at Amberley this morning was a bit encumbered by patchy fog, although it was moving around, revealing a clear spot for me to scan before covering it back up again and revealing another. Much the usual was spotted, highlights being a Kingfisher, a flock of Redpoll (probably part of the flock from yesterday), a few Skylarks, a Goldcrest and a singing Chiffchaff. The air was quite thermal causing a haze and my scope kept fogging up, so I decided to cut the trip short and head to Hails View.

There wasn't much on the move on the south brooks, although a lovely male Merlin was perched up on a distant fence post for a while. Three Marsh Harriers were seen, all three together at one point grappling. A Peregrine came over and was seen off by of them. One of the Marsh Harriers was the orange wing-tagged dark bird that I saw over Amberley last week and has been seen here a few times since. I managed to get a decent photo and find the scheme. It was tagged by North West Norfolk Ringing Group at Thorpe Marshes as a male nestling on 19/06/2020. More details about the scheme can be found on their website here

Merlin

Marsh Harrier



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