Today I have been sitting on the South bank of the Nene Washes, watching marsh harriers come and go from their nest. They seem rather like us, most of their hunting for food times seem to be morning, noon and early evening.
To the back of me by some fish pools, a cuckoo has been calling all day. I also got to see him, my first ‘seen’ cuckoo. Near the cuckoo a bittern occasionally boomed.
To the front of me was another booming bittern. And again, I saw him creeping along on the grass, from tussock to reed patch. I also watched a roe deer doe. She has been on her own all day, nibbling her way around the reeds. I do wonder why she’s alone. Has she lost her group? Has she slunk off to give birth?
To my right I could hear a laughing green woodpecker AND the pecking of a great spotted woodpecker.
To my left I could see the nesting cranes. Their chicks are due to hatch tomorrow. And in the distance I could hear the delightful snipe drumming away..
Keeping me company on the bank was a small herd of friendly and curious heifers. Often getting in the way – between my binoculars and my prey. They snuzzle, and sniff, and lick, and watch. They are exceedingly good company. I can chat to them about anything!
Up above me from time to time was the presence of a gliding harrier, or two, or three, or hobby.
But the icing on the cake was the flash of orange and green that just flew by. Wow, a kingfisher!
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