Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Raptors Keep On Coming...

Had a busy day in the office today but my dog walk this morning was great, clear and obvious Meadow Pipit  passage with the odd Yellow Wagtail in with them, also plenty of hirundines heading south.  A flock of 8 Lesser Redpoll zipping through was cool, though my attention was soon pulled away and skywards as I picked up 2 Hobbies (an adult and a juvenile) coming together right overhead.  It was almost as if they spoke to each other as after a short time together they formed a pincer movement and shot off into the sun, presumably to nail one of the aforementioned species! For the first time since about late-July it felt freezing this morning, however this didn't stop at least 3 Chiffchaff singing, maybe they thought spring had finally arrived?

I didn't get to the roost tonight but heard at least 7 birds were present early on (before the roost watch was aborted for something more interesting - to the year-listers!).

We had some really heavy rain showers this afternoon so it will be interesting to see if it has dropped anything of interest tomorrow.  I'll be doing the roost tomorrow night so looking forward to some more harrier action!

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