Had one of the best days at Tophill today! Physical labour was off the cards, so got to spend the whole day birdwatching. And this began even before I got there, when I woke up to see a Sparrowhawk perched on a nearby roof for a good 5 minutes from bedroom window! And the Raptors kept on coming. Osprey (Which I am pleased to say I spotted and id'd (This was confirmed)) over Borough Pits, Kestrels, and what after my noticing, John came to the conclusion was a Marsh Harrier , over north Marsh.

I also Got to see the Black Necked grebe for the third time, this time with great views solely through bins! The very vivid red eye being visible to me for the first time because of this.

Finally I had 2 firsts today: A Ruff (although unfortunately only flying over, despite John and I searching for one for a good part of the morning), and Gold crests, of which I saw 4. Whistling like them really does work!..

Unfortunately I have no pictures so this could all be some elaborate lie, but John did get an absolutely brilliant shot of the Black Necked Grebe!

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