Monday, 24 October 2011

Thursley Common ~ 24th October~

A great trip to Thursley Common which certainly had a few surprises!! The main target was the Great Grey Shrike but unfortunately the bird did not show, and I believe only one lucky observer saw it throughout the entire day! Anyway, the other bird we went to see were Crossbills, of which there were plenty, although only 1 Female was kind enough to perch for us. As usual the common held a lot of Meadow Pipits, Woodlark and Linnets. The biggest surprise of the day though was at the bog, near Pudmore Pond. We could see a distant raptor expecting it to be a Buzzard, but this was no buzzard, the bird had long pointed wings and an obvious white rump which me could mean only one thing, a Ringtail Hen Harrier. The bird only stayed visible for a minute or so when it seemingly vanished. As far as I'm aware, we were the only people lucky enough to see the bird today although another ringtail Hen Harrier was reported at the same spot on the 14th October.

Female Crossbill

Ringtail Hen Harrier


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