Good day yesterday was.
Start at half past seven bells with a damp (the bird and me) addition to the year's Locally Informative Species Tally with the Red-crested Pochard at Bothal.
The Middle smile-raiser was a dark raptor being mobbed by a duo of well 'ard corvids over the wood to the west of the Snowy Owl at a quarter to 17 bells. Suspecting a Common Buzzard, I was not thinking of stopping the car, but getting closer I noticed the light head. Panicked, pulled in, donned bins, and voila, female Marsh Harrier.
And the End? Nothing ornithological, but Level 42 at The Sage. I've seen them three times; 1985, 2008 and yesterday, with last night being by far the best. In fact, I would suggest they are better 30 years down the road than when they began. Absolutely awesome, dare I say!