A walk this afternoon at Tetney finally produced my 1st Hen Harrier of the autumn/winter - a cracking adult male. Hen Harriers are my favourite bird and over the past few winters the numbers wintering along our coast have been low compared to previous years. Our wintering birds are made up of British birds and continental migrants and I never tire of seeing them, especially when I think of the risks they face each year on their UK breeding grounds where they are often persecuted. Less than 10 nests successfully fledged young in England last year and the threat of this species becoming extinct as a breeding bird in the country is very real.
Also seen today were: 3+ Little Egrets, 5 Pale-bellied Brents in with the Dark-bellied flock, 130 Pink-footed Geese through, 2 Peregrines sat on the outer sandbank, 2 Merlin, Kingfisher & 400+ thrushes - again mainly Fieldfares.