Saturday, 21 February 2015

Castlemartin Corse

A bracing morning on the Corse. The high tides have blocked the outlet again so water levels back up at least for now.

Great views of the dark marsh harrier (haven't seen the other one for a while now) as it alternately hunted and soared over the reedbed, keeping ducks and waders on the move. It spiralled with a very pale buzzard for a while, making one half hearted lunge at the buzzard which took evasive action.

Lots of teal (>200) on the flooded area, plus mallard, 2 shoveler and a drake pintail. Further upstream a flock of 6-700 golden plover was constantly on the move as the harrier cruised past, plus smaller no's of lapwing. About 60-70 curlew, and 5 greylags. Masses of snipe, both on the fen meadow and flushed from the reedbed by the harrier.