Saturday, 10 November 2012

North Duffield Carrs

Had a quick trip over to a packed out Geoff Smith Hide this afternoon at North Duffield Carrs in the hope that the adult male Hen Harrier found last week would still be present.

There was no sign of the Hen Harrier, though a cream-crowned Marsh Harrier was nice. On arrival we just missed a Short-eared Owl but compensation in the form of 4 Barn Owls was good enough. A female-type Scaup flew in and settled on one of the flooded areas. A couple of Kestrel flew about and there was a large number of Fieldfare and a few Redwing about too. Water Rail was heard calling from in front of the hide and the Reed Bunting roost seemed fairly sizeable. Three Shelduck flew north through the valley, first I've seen here for a while. Lots of geese and swans about but didn't see any Whoopers.

Will be off looking for Waxwings tomorrow, seems to be hundreds in the York area today. What price for a Cedar Waxwing!


  1. Called in at Duffield Carrs last night, Arnie caught up with the Hen Harrier before I arrived. Had nice views of 2 barn owls 1 flew right infront of the GS hide and perched on a post to the right. Moving Friday, see you there sometime soon!

  2. Great news Andy, hope the move goes well! I'll be down there on Saturday I think, hoping for the Hen Harrier!!

  3. Thanks, I wont be there saturday but might pop down through the week, lots to do! Hen Harrier would be lovely, a lifer for me too...!

  4. No worries Andy, will catch up soon enough am down there more regularly at this time of year!