Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Bittern and Marsh Harrier Breeding Success at Leighton Moss

Following on from the successful fledging of three bitterns from one nest in recent weeks, the marsh harriers have now taken centre stage. With a trio of youngsters each from two nests near Grisedale Hide it's just about impossible to not see these amazing raptors at the moment. The adult birds are busy bringing in food for the growing harriers and spectacular food passes can be seen (much to the delight of many visiting photographers) at close quarters. I was briefly in the hide during a lunch break one day this week and in one ten-minute period saw nine different harriers and witnessed three juveniles sweeping up from the reeds to meet the adult male as he brought in a prey item for the brood - what a fabulous sight!

Jon Carter (RSPB Leighton Moss Visitor Experience Manager)