Sunday, 11 August 2013

Birds of the West Country


With Eleanor firmly ensconced in Northants, Neil H and I drove west, initially to the Symonds Yat viewpoint in Gloucestershire.  Here we were treated to seven species of raptor in less than three hours scanning.  Best of the bunch was an adult Honey Buzzard with an adult female Goshawk a close second!  Other raptors included Red Kite, Peregrine and Hobby.  Plenty of Ravens here too and small numbers of Crossbills were moving around all the time we were there.

We then drove further west in to Wales, eventually arriving at Marloes on the Pembrokeshire coast.  Patient waiting at Marloes Mere finally provided views of the long-staying Glossy Ibis plus 4 Green Sandpipers and a couple of juvenile Peregrines.

All being well, we hope to cross to Skokholm tomorrow and commit to some ringing and birding on an island which is new for the both of us.


Neil M

Honey Buzzard with
Common Buzzard

Honey Buzzard by
Neil Hasdell

Holly Blue

Glossy Ibis

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