At last!! Hooray!! Today was the day! Finally, in this, the 7th year of trying, I have reached 100 species in a single year. Each year I have spent more hours in the field, and this year I have been out every day (so far!). Given that the habitat is fairly limited on my patch, especially when it comes to a decent bit of water, I think I can give myself a large glass of Red to celebrate.
But.......the 100th species is still in a bit of a quandry. A Harrier (100) flew over Migrant Alley this afternoon, I only had about 20secs, to look and photo it. It was silhouetted against the sky, at about 150m away, A crow was chasing it ever higher and even further away, as it travelled from the South to the North-East. By it's size, and it's flight action I would go for a Hen Harrier, but i've sent out some pics to see what others think. Anyway a Harrier it is and that makes 100...... YES!!
Below are 4 pics (yes they are bad, but it's all I could do!) of the harrier, 3 with a crow to compare size. Anyone want to throw in an opinion, Hen or Marsh ?