Thursday, 24 September 2015

Portrait of a Sand Martin


Little opportunity for birding today and nothing of note to report. I forgot to mention that yesterday Eleanor saw a/the juvenile Marsh Harrier twice during the day in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton, presumably the same bird that has been seen regularly at Blueberry Farm.

In relation to my blog of 18th Sept, I have now heard from an authoritative member of the Portuguese birding scene that a Steppe Eagle has been seen in the Castro Verde area for about a month now, so it seems we came across and photographed the same bird. It's provenance is questionable though and I think it is generally regarded as an escapee...


Neil M

Sand Martin portrait
by Robin Gossage

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