Almost immediately upon my arrival at Hockham Fen, I saw a Marsh Harrier alight on a small dead tree about 150 yards in front of me, I quickly raised my binoculars jsut before it flew off again to see that the bird appeared darkish brown with a mostly all dark-brown head as well. I then watched the Marsh Harrier hunting over the Fen, although it went absent for longish periods before appearing again. In flight, the Harrier had darkish wings with pale grey secondaries and a dark, blackish hand. The tail was distinctive in that it was a pale silvery grey colour and very much contrasted with the rest of the birds plumage. When gliding the wings were raised above the level of the body. The plumage of the Marsh Harrier indicates this is a juvenile male bird (see attached poor record shot).
|Marsh Harrier at Hockham Fen 04/08/13 (Poor record shot)|
The walk from Hockham Fen through Frost's Common produced a flock of 15+ Crossbills directly overhead. Several Chiffchaffs, Coal Tits, and Goldcrests were heard.