Back in 2009 I kept full descriptive notes of my birdwatching trips. As I had no real reason to write such full accounts the habit soon faded. It does however allow me to make occasional forays into the past from the comfort of a favourite armchair....
"Most people who know the National Trust property at Wicken Fen are familiar with the visitor centre, the boardwalk and the windmill, but the NT have a plan (to be completed in the next 100 years) to extend their holding all the way to Cambridge, buying up farmland whenever it becomes available. They've already acquired a lot of land to the south of the original reserve which is slowly being converted back to a more natural state. Some of this land was on my itinerary for today."
"At a place marked as "Pout Hall" on the map a large pool held a number of Coot and Tufted Duck. Then I spotted the Hen Harrier again. It was perched on the remains of a hedge not more than fifty yards away and seemed unaware of my presence. It took to the air and hung suspended on the breeze a few feet above the ground, the afternoon light showed the beautiful barred plumage. It settled again and was surprisingly well-camouflaged among the bare branches. Seconds later it was airborne once more, searching for prey along the hedge, twisting and turning in slow-motion among the bushes."
For an earlier post about this area click here.