Away from Cornwall, I paid a visit to the famous RSPB Ham Wall in Somerset on Sunday. This stunning site never fails to impress and each visit seems to improve on the last. Great views were had of Marsh Harriers passing food kills, 20+ Hobby's hawking dragonflies, Great Crested Grebes feeding young, Cattle Egrets and Great White Egrets feeding in the ponds, pairs of Gadwalls and Pochards chasing each other around the marshes, Bitterns flying around and booming and Cetti's Warblers feeding young. It's all very reminiscent of a marsh in the Mediterranean.
Looking forward, the end of May and June can always bring the unexpected. Whilst the local birds are settled in to their nesting and raising young, non breeding wanderers and extreme rarities can turn up. Another recent phenomenon is the annual Red Kite movement in west Cornwall and the Lizard area. All eyes will be in the sky looking out for this impressive raptor in the next couple weeks.
|Male Marsh Harrier at Ham Wall Somerset|