Tuesday, 21 September 2010

September 21st 2010

When the fog lifted Draycote was sunny, tranquil and dead, the Black-necked Grebe was way out near M buoy and elusive for the photographers. Most of the hirundines especially House Martins that were in good numbers over the last few days have left with just a few remaining and a three hour watch from farborough spit eventually produced a small passage from 11am onwards along with some mipits.
The most interesting sighting was of 7 Buzzards that were just specks on the horizon when first spotted at 12:30pm coming from the east that drifted over before climbing higher joined by 8 others then they moved off south.
Final Buzzard count for the day including the many local birds enjoying the thermals was 33 plus Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawk and 4 Kestrels. Also seen were 12 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Dunlin, Goosander and Shoveler.


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