We usually hibernate over holiday weekends, too many people about. We held out until late afternoon to-day before driving to Winterton, to see what we could find.....
Nothing, until parking at the Horsey raptor lay-by. I was watching two spiralling Buzzards when Pam called Pink-feet, our first for April.I thought she was giving me directions using three sheep. Two Cranes stuck their necks up and flew towards the sea. The geese were behind a group of three Mute Swans.
Pam then called Marsh Harriers, always worth a look, especially as one was a splendid male. Trying to locate him, I found a female Hen Harrier speeding low along the hedge-line. Lucky.
The £1 entry fee for the Winterton car park was a waste. Four Herring Gulls and one Cormorant were the reward for 15 minutes watching. The sea here has been poor this winter. The usual good numbers of Red-throated Divers and regular small group of Common Scoter have been missing.
Maybe the warmer weather forecast for the rest of the week will bring some migrants in.'Our' Chiffchaff is singing loud and clear from next door's Willow tree, a Green Woodpecker yaffled from a distant field as I planted potatoes yesterday. Pam has heard our Tawny Owl. I haven't as yet.