The day dawned overcast and grey, however, a promise for improving and sunny conditions suggested a good day for watching Goshawk display on my patch.
Arriving at 0900, cloud was
beginning to break with bright conditions improving all the time – this seemed
an almost perfect day for displaying Goshawk.
I met Mick Saunt who was already in position and waiting for the arrival
of this magnificent Raptor. Cloud
continued to break and by 1000hrs the skies were blue with the exception of
some high thin cloud.
We waited, and waited some
more with little showing, however, at about 1015 things looked up as I was over-viewing
the tree-line a single Goshawk was
very briefly in view before flying behind the Pine block on the heath, I called "Mick", he also saw the bird as it disappeared behind the trees. Could this be a sign that our fortunes were
about to change, sadly, no, and the skies above the heath remained Raptor-free until I
left at 1200.
I suppose I could at least
say that this is still very early in the season for Goshawk display – “I’ll be
Whilst waiting for the elusive Goshawk, other species
seen included 3 Meadow Pipits over, a singing ♂ Yellowhammer, 1 Kestrel,
Carrion Crows, Green Woodpecker, and singing Mistle Thrush.
On my walk back I briefly stopped at Thompson Water and heard Cettis's Warbler singing from dense cover, and on the water, a beautiful Great Crested Grebe in full breeding dress was seen. A few Gadwall and Teal were also on the water.