Friday 4 September 2015

Honey Buzzard

Lade - cool, cloudy, nw 2 - A quiet start to the day with little of note on the local patch apart from a few grounded Yellow Wagtails and Wheatears on the Desert and 50 hirundines over south lake. Three Marsh Harriers, 2 Kestrels and 2 Sparrowhawks noted between Mockmill and Lade north.
The garden moth trap was low in numbers but did include 2 migrant Vestals.
ARC - I couldn't see the White-winged Tern from the causeway road, but one was reported at The Patch later, so maybe it had shifted position. A Great White Egret flew over heading towards Boulderwall Fields, while a Black-necked Grebe was on New Diggings. The juvenile Red-backed Shrike remained in the scrub at the access road end of the return trail, along with several Whinchats and Wheatears nearby.
Dengemarsh - Two more Great Whites and a Cattle Egret here, plus 4 Hobbys hawking insects, 3 Marsh Harriers, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Ravens over and 20 Yellow Wagtails on the hayfields. From Springfield Bridge, whilst scanning the skies checking the hirundines, I picked up a large raptor over the water tower that morphed into a Honey Buzzard as it passed westwards overhead.
Scotney - A scattering of waders on the front fields included 10 Curlews, 6 Dunlins, 4 Ruff, 4 Blackwits and 2 Common Sandpipers, plus all the usual feral geese, Starlings, 50 Yellow Wagtails and 20 Linnets.
Boulderwall - Ended the day at the RSPB summer barbecue, many thanks to one and all for a most convivial evening.


  1. Paul, I had a HB from Boulderwall heading west at 11.40. Does that tie in with yours?

  2. Steve, spot on, almost certainly the same bird, and a few more Common Buzzards over the cottage today around noon. Trust you had a good week down here in shingle paradise and look forward to seeing you again next month.