Tetney 15/03/17

A sunny and warm spring day. An F3 SW dropping to F2 mid-pm. Temperature reaching 14°C.
Covered the area with DW.

On the humber: 5 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Velvet Scoter, 2 Scaup, 252 Wigeon and a single Guillemot close in.

A good day for birds of prey: A Red Kite was over the marsh before gaining height and then lost to view. 2 Marsh Harriers flew through - both heading NW - that makes it 4 migrating Marsh Harriers through in 3 of the last 4 visits.
Also today: Hen Harrier, 8 Common Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 2 Merlin, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and 2 Short-eared Owl.

The bushes held a Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrests

Other highlights: 3 Grey Partridge, Stonechat,  6 Fieldfare, Redwing and a Twite, while heading NW were 3 alba wagtail and 5 Siskin.

Other wildlife: 4 Roe Deer. A Small Tortoiseshell was my first butterfly of the year.

3 patch year ticks today - Scaup, Red Kite and Guillemot.
Total: 111

One of the two Marsh Harriers that passed through over Tetney today. My Tetney circuit involves a walk of over 10 miles - too much of a distance for carrying my heavy dslr which sits at home gathering dust. I try and make do with a bridge camera but it's not ideal and particularly struggles with flight shots (see above!). Currently in the process of trying to resolve this camera dilemma. 

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