Visitors started arriving about 0900 and there was a steady flow all day long. Most of them opted to start their visit to Ousefleet hide where peregrines were displaying. Pete had a walk round the hides and entered his sightings in the book including the male scaup he found on the lagoon in front of Singleton hide. I popped down for a quick look but the bird was asleep however from the distant photos you can see it is a scaup.
This caused a few visitors a dilemma. Which hide to go to first, right for peregrines or left for scaup!
Marsh harriers were hunting over the reed beds all day long and a buzzard was also flying up and down.
Reception closes at 1600 so I made sure that the fire was out and put all the equipment away and went down to Singleton hide to watch the harrier roost. The sun was still shining and there was lots of bird activity. A robin was singing just outside the reception hide.
The daylight was fading fast so I changed cameras and tried to make a video of the starlings.
The starlings had only just dropped into the reedbed when Pete spotted a bittern flying low over the water and then I spotted a ringtail harrier flying into the roost. On our way back to the car park Pete spotted an owl and I was able to add tawny owl to my day list.
A brilliant days birding: marsh and hen harrier short eared, barn and tawny owl, bittern, male scaup, buzzard and peregrine. I would not be surprised to hear that lots of birders are visiting the roost in the next week.