Sunday, 18 August 2013

Sunny Sunday

Yesterday evening there were 2 rather wind blown Whinchat and a Wheatear in the valley below Hanging Houghton.
As I fed the birds in the garden this morning it was obvious that "birds" were on the move as a Tree Pipit, Siskin and 2 Crossbills flew over. So after grabbing a quick coffee and the dogs I headed to Harrington Airfield, where a wander round produced another Tree Pipit, at least 6 Crossbills, Turtle Dove and "cream crown" Marsh Harrier, as well as good numbers of Whitethroat, Willow Warblers, Finches and Linnets.
The afternoon was spent at Blueberry/Valley between Hanging Houghton and Cottesbrooke area. It was another one of those sunny and breezy afternoons, so it was no great surprise to see numerous Common Buzzards, who were joined by 2 Hobby and  2 very tatty Red Kites ,one of whom had lost its tail, giving it a rather strange profile. A "cream crown" Marsh Harrier and Osprey also passed through, but passerines were keeping out of sight. !
An evening walk a Harrington was very quiet, apart from a "cream crown" Marsh Harrier.

Regards Eleanor
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