Juvenile Marsh Harrier. I scoped this bird and was able to see its pale head and throat.
At 4.30 pm a juvenile Marsh Harrier was quartering the reservoir and the surrounding woods. It eventually flew behind the woods and may have gone to roost.
Scanning the reservoir I noticed a juvenile Whooper Swan. Initially it was being chased by an adult Mute , but eventually it was left alone and seemed quite settled off Wood Bank. There is also a juvenile Mute on the res . but it is much darker than the Whooper, with the obvious bill differences.
Three adults and an eclipse male R.C.P. were on the res. on 17th. There was also a good count of 70 Goldfinch. On the 18th 4 Grey Partridge were added to the year list and on the 19th a single Snipe was feeding at the top end.
Most records of this species in Leicestershire are in January, but a small number are recorded in October. There are plenty of geese on the res. at the moment and it would be nice to think that it is a genuine wild bird from Iceland.
What ever, if Dave can count Barney on his year list I'm counting Percy!