Approaching 4pm up to 12 marsh harriers start appearing from all different directions. Depending what they feel like they may flap around for a while sometimes with 6 to 9 marsh harriers in the air at once before they decide it is time to get settled for the night in the reeds or they may just drop in one by one into the reeds.
Whist watching this going on keep checking the bushes around singleton / townend lagoons and you may catch a climpse of a perched merlin or sparrowhawk.
Also watch out for barn owls. Up to 3 have been seen flying around singleton / townend in recent days.
Still hunting in the area are kestrels hovering there when it is almost dark and the peregrines chasing the golden plover at the apex.
Around 400 starlings are still flying around in the area but they seem to disappear elsewhere to roost.
Dave will be birding next week after the 14th we have been busy ..kath an dave..
Im a bit confused, I thought Marsh Harriers migrated to Africa or somewhere for the winter so i was surprised to read about them roosting in November?! I thought it was Hen Harriers that roost at Blacktoft in the winter? Can anyone clear this up for me!