Saturday, 8 August 2015

A county of Buzzards!


Beautiful weather today but not much time to commit to birding. Three or four Siskins were in trees near to the Brampton Heath Golf Club building at lunch-time today and a walk adjacent to Lamport Hall this afternoon provided views of at least three Spotted Flycatchers, possibly part of a family group. As in most areas of the county currently, begging juvenile Common Buzzards were trying out their flying skills and calling away. These loud and incessant calls will be with us for some weeks to come yet - deep joy!

A further bird ringing operation will commence at Harrington Airfield again tomorrow morning (Sunday) and access will be restricted to the old scrubbed up airstrip and bunker areas. The concrete track and footpaths all remain open and are unaffected. My apologies if this affects your plans for visiting Harrington.


Neil M

The top bird exhibits a very typical plumage trait of the
Common Buzzard in the UK. However, more than any other
British raptor, the Common Buzzard comes in a number
of hues and markings. The pale bird is a resident at Pitsford
Reservoir, generally to be found on the west side of the Walgrave Bay.

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